In Hawai‘i, every community is different…
In each community, they implement the program in a way that works best for their population. Here are some of the ways communities can choose to implement SNAP incentives:
There are already a number of successful SNAP incentive programs in Hawai‘i. They are funded either through private foundations or through a federal program called Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI).
This is how most SNAP incentives programs across the country are run. In Hawai‘i, SNAP incentives can be found at markets in Wai‘anae, Kalihi, and throughout Hawai‘i Island.
This is where most SNAP users shop, and offers the ultimate convenience. On Hawai‘I Island, KTA Super Stores was the first in the nation to pioneer a point-of-sale system that takes off half the cost of your Hawai‘i Island-grown produce, removing the need for tokens or coupons.
Community Supported Agriculture is another way to provide fresh, local produce direct from the farm to the consumer. The Food Basket’s “DA BOX” program gives consumers their 3rd and 4th box free, during the final 2 weeks of the month when SNAP benefits have run low.
In rural areas, sometimes you need to bring the food to the people. Mobile markets have sprung up around the nation, and right here in Hawai‘i you can find SNAP incentives at mobile markets on Molokai and Hawai‘i Island.