Grant helps residents with rent, utility costs

The Kent & Polli Smith Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation recently provided a $10,000 grant to Maui Economic Opportunity for rental and utility assistance to residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant went to first-time applicants for rent and utility assistance. A total of 21 households and 54 people received help through the grant.

For more information about Maui Economic Opportunity and its programs, visit www. meoinc.org or call 249-2990.


Grants address Maui food insecurity

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded a total of $145,000 in grant funding to two Maui nonprofit organizations working to feed residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Maui Food Bank will receive $50,000 for its Fresh4All food purchase program. The funds will go toward purchasing enough local produce and protein to distribute to the working poor, children and youth, seniors on fixed incomes and the homeless.

Hui No Ke Ola Pono will receive $95,000 to continue its Hanai Aku, Hanai Mai — Feed and Be Fed produce box distribution program in 2021. The initiative will provide 150 produce boxes a month to families in Maui’s Native Hawaiian community.

“Now more than ever, it is our responsibility as health care providers to extend our care to the communities that need it most,” said Greg Christian, president of Hawaii Market Kaiser Permanente, Health Plan and Hospitals. “Our hope is that this funding will keep local families nourished in the near term, and provide resources that will allow them to thrive in the long term.”

This set of grants is the latest in a series of contributions from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to help residents throughout the state receive vital support services in response to the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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