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From Moving People to Moving Food

We have adapted our service delivery method from transporting the elderly to food sources to transporting food to the elderly.

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At the closing of County of Hawai'i Senior Nutrition Congregate Meal sites, social distancing and the higher risk of the elderly to COVID-19, HCEOC converted its senior transportation program from transporting low-income elderly to food programs and grocery stores to transporting food to the elderly.  This adaptation of service delivery method married our food service program, which makes school lunches, with our transportation program. In the beginning we anticipated delivering 645 frozen meals (5 meals per senior) to roughly 129 seniors currently participating in the program who reside on the Hamakua Coast.   

However,  we have tripled our initial estimation. HCEOC’s food service program is preparing 2,540 meals per participant and delivering to each participant’s house. HCEOC has also partnered with a local grocery store chain to provide grocery delivery service and fresh produce delivery. 

Beginning the week of May 4th we will increase service to South Kona with 250 meals.   

What is the need are you focusing on?

Prior to COVID-19, our agency transported low-income seniors to food programs. Now in order to protect our seniors we a moving food to them.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

One of our challenges is the lack of access to technology for our seniors. Moving forward we would like to work with others to get technology and technology training into the hands of our seniors. So when a crisis like COVID-19 arise they can still be connected. I saw a social enterprise that employed teenagers as technology teachers with seniors. I was inspired by this program and believe this would be an essential add-on to our services.

What is your profession?

Nonprofit grant writer.

Where are you located (country)?

Hilo, Hawaii

Where are you located (region)?

  • Oceana

Which industry do you work in?

  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

Our organization has been working in a collaborative effort called Kupuna Outreach. The term "kupuna" in the Hawaiian language means grandparent. Various organizations are working to ensure we are not providing overlapping services as well as making sure we are filling gaps.


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