Hawaii Island Food Basket, our island’s food bank, will be providing low income seniors with locally-grown fruits and vegetables under a grant from the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
The Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and Coordinated Elderly Services, part of Hawaii County, will handle the distribution at ten sites in East Hawaii and 9 in West Hawaii. The distribution program will run from June 18 until September 30, 2012.
Low income seniors are eligible to receive the produce. Low income seniors are those 60 years old and having household incomes of 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines. For Hawaii, that means $23,199 for an individual and $31,320 for a couple.
Applications are available at The Food Basket in Hilo at 933-6030 and in Kona at 322-1418. Representatives from The Food Basket will take and certify applications at the WalMart in Hilo on June 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.