Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) has created the Kokua Ag & Culinary Fund (previously the Kokua Workers’ Restaurant Fund) to support programs that will help our agricultural, culinary and hospitality industries, and their employees, as we continue to provide relief to those in need and rebuild our economy for a more resilient and sustainable Hawaii.
Funds from the HFWF20, as well as other cash and in-kind donations, will be distributed to agricultural, culinary and hospitality-related organizations and individuals that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April – July of this year, the Fund supported meals for 600 laid-off restaurant and bar workers and their families. Qualified and eligible workers were issued $250 Visa cards that were authorized for use at local restaurants throughout the State.
HFWF is a program of the nonprofit Hawaii Ag and Culinary Alliance. Its mission is to attract national and international attention to Hawaii’s extraordinary culinary talent and its diverse, high-quality locally grown products, to ensure the islands maintain their competitive edge as a world-class destination.
HFWF not only shines a spotlight on Hawaii as a culinary destination, but pays it forward through contributions for nonprofit charitable organizations that support local food sustainability and cultural and educational programs. The tangible impact of the Festival is far-reaching, with funds supporting local culinary colleges, grants for Hawaii chefs to learn in the kitchens of the world’s culinary masters, programs to help small farms get their produce to consumers, and curriculum to teach children how to grow their own food in school and make healthy dishes at home.
Since its 2011 launch, HFWF has donated nearly $3 million to community organizations that support sustainability, culinary programs and agriculture.
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