Governor Ige signs SB 390 into law!
Last week, SB 390, which appropriates funds to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for Double Up Food Bucks, became Act 153. The Department of Agriculture will be working with community groups to get these funds to SNAP users across the State over the coming 2 years. Community groups, led by The Food Basket on Hawaii Island, have applied for matching federal funds, and local funders have also stepped up to amplify the impact of this program, ensure that it can reach communities around the islands.
Hawaii State Legislature Funds Double Up!
On Friday, April 26, a committee of conferees from the Hawaii State Legislature, led by Representative DeCoite (Upcountry Maui, Lana’i, Molokai) and Senator Ruderman (Ka’u, Puna) signed SB 390 and sent it to Governor’s desk for signature.
The measure will fund Double Up to the tune of $50K per year for 2 years - funds that will be matched with existing federal funds and channeled directly into the local economy!
Say Mahalo by sending them an email!
Rep. DeCoite (EMAIL)
Sen. Ruderman (EMAIL)
In The News
Civil Beat: New Law Lets SNAP Cardholders Double Up On Local Produce
Hawaii’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will offer more local produce for half the price to low-income families.
KITV: Two new bills to keep Hawaii's families healthy signed into law
Governor David Ige signed two bills to expand access to healthy food and beverages across the state.
Star Advertiser CRAVE: Double Up Food Bucks pays dividends beyond feeding needy
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Hawaii News Now: ‘A no-brainer’: Thousands on Big Island now eligible for big discounts on produce.
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Civil Beat Editorial: Feed Hawaii’s Hungry
Lawmakers must help the tens of thousands of children who don’t have enough to eat.
Star Advertiser Island Voice: Double up on SNAP to help low-income families eat healthy
We should do everything we can at the local level to expand SNAP incentive programs in Hawaii.
Civil Beat Community Voice: How To Encourage Healthy Diets And Support Local Agriculture
Nutrition incentive programs like SNAP help stretch budgets and put good food on tables.
Civil Beat Big Island: Making Food More Affordable For The Hungry
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