The nonprofit Maui Hub has moved its operations to an expanded facility in Kahului, enabling the group to offer extra equitable entry to native meals.
Maui Hub fashioned in the course of the starting of COVID lockdowns to attach Maui’s native meals producers immediately with prospects.
“Itʻs a bit like an online farmers market that delivers to your area or your home,” stated Keith Ranney, Executive Director. “The aggregation and distribution infrastructure supported local farmers and producers through COVID, while also creating much needed infrastructure that will increase local food production and access in the long term.”
Maui Hub now operates in a warehouse with associate Sun Fresh. The Hub accepts EBT, and applies a 50% DA BUX low cost on fruit and greens for all EBT prospects. Since August of 2020, $203,018 of EBT funds have been spent by way of Maui Hub.
“Buying local food is important for so many reasons,” stated Autumn Ness, Maui Hub’s Board Vice President. “It makes Maui more resilient in times of crisis and supply chain interruptions, makes us less reliant on tourism dollars, and keeps money spent on food circulating locally. Locally grown food also just tastes better and lasts longer than food that came across the ocean.”
Since itʻs inception in April of 2020, Maui Hub has paid $608,410 to native farms and producers.
“Almost every dollar spent stays on Maui, circulating to other local businesses. Thatʻs a big deal, and it happens one grocery bag at a time, so we are grateful to our customers for supporting this model,” in accordance with Maui Hub.
Maui Hubʻs mission helps native farmers and producers with processing, promoting and distributing meals, to allow them to think about doing what they do finest–producing extra meals.
“We hope that producers that partner with us can have the time and resources to drastically increase the amount of food they can produce for our community,” stated John Dobovan, Maui Hub Board President.
“We truly couldn’t be more pleased with Maui Hub,” stated Ryan Earehart of Okoʻa Farms. “The pandemic drastically impacted our wholesale business and Maui Hub really helped to shift our produce sales to the retail market. Maui Hub is fair and super easy to work with. Their online ordering system is great. I’m grateful for all the work the volunteers have put into Maui Hub and we hope to have a long future working with them.”
Maui Hub additionally seeks to make sure equitable entry to contemporary, wholesome meals, for even Maui’s most weak residents. There is a “Give a Gift” fund that goes to people and households who’re in disaster, for numerous causes, to allow them to buy meals by way of the Hub.
“Maui Hub is a values based organization, and we will strive as we grow to stay true to them,” stated Ness. “The Hub, and our food system as a whole, has a lot of work to do to say that we live up to these values. We have set the bar high, but we are committed to the task.”
Maui Hub seeks to increase providers into extra areas, particularly these thought-about “food deserts” the place meals entry is restricted. It is at the moment looking for partnerships with organizations that serve at-risk or low revenue people or households that need to guarantee higher entry to wholesome meals for his or her purchasers.
To store, donate, or signal as much as promote merchandise by way of Maui Hub, go to www.mauihub.org. Customers can use code HUB10 for a one-time free residence supply now by way of April 5, 2022.