Building Community & Economic Resilience

Activate Hawai‘i Aid is proud to partner with Chef Hui, and bring the #FeedThePeopleHI project to Hawai‘i Island.

Feed the People empowers families with meal bags that contain ingredients and recipe cards for 2 ʻohana (family) style meals. As much as possible, local ingredients are sourced to support local food producers, accelerate our food sustainability goals, and power an ag-focused economy.

On Hawaiʻi Island, #FeedThePeopleHI launched in Puna to help with food insecurity throughout the region. Distribution of 500 meal bags began Friday, May 15, and happens weekly with the help of community influencers and grassroots partners. #FeedThePeopleHI meal bag distributions are meant to help “fill in the gap” in between other community feeding opportunities. 

Recipes are developed by local chefs and by project co-leads based on “what get.” We love to Cook Our Heritage and utilize local ingredients in abundance. With each bag, we hope to bring people together for wholesome, nourishing, ono-licious meals. 

If you live in Puna, are an ʻohana in need, and would appreciate this kōkua, please RSVP for a bag each week and select your pick-up site. Drops happen Fridays; distribution schedule is below. 

Link to RSVP forms will be posted on this page on Monday’s at 3pm; forms close once the max number of RSVPs is reached. MAHALO!

Sept. 11 (500 bags) – RSVP opened 9/7 at 3pm, closed 9/7 at 9:34pm 

Sept. 18 (600 bags) – RSVP opened 9/14 at 3pm, closed 9/15 at 1:06pm

Sept. 25 (750 bags) – RSVP opened 9/21 at 3pm, closed 9/22 at 8:05pm

Oct. 9 (500 bags) – RSVP opened 10/5 at 3pm, closed 10/5 at 7:30pm

Oct. 16 (600 bags) – RSVP opened 10/16 at 3pm, closed 10/16 at 6pm

Oct. 23 (700 bags) – RSVP opened 10/19 at 3pm, closed 10/19 at 8:14pm

Oct. 30 (750 bags) –  RSVP opened 10/26 at 3pm, closed 10/26 at 4:35pm

Nov. 13 (500 bags) – RSVP opened 11/9 at 3pm, closed 11/9 at 3:25pm

Nov. 20 (1,000 bags) – RSVP here

Dec. 11 (500 bags) – link published 12/7

Dec. 18 (1,000 Holiday bags) – link published 12/14

Many hands make light work! The 13 drops between May and August 2020 were made possible with funding from Hawai‘i Community FoundationHawaiian ElectricMaku’u Market, and Chef Hui. Local beef donations via Hawai‘i Farm Bureau x BRIDGES project. Ongoing product transportation kōkua and donations from Suisan Hawai‘i, support from our fiscal sponsor, Mindful Living, and food bundling and distribution by our amazing volunteers. 

Mahalo to the County of Hawai‘i CARES Act Grant for supporting the #FeedThePeopleHI meal bag project in Puna, September to December!!

Donations to this project, both monetary and in-kind, are welcomed and appreciated. Contribute online via our fiscal sponsor (below), or email Hawai‘i Island project co-leads at to discuss ways to get involved.


We would be honored by your support of this important effort to help a community that is still trying to recover from the 2018 Kīlauea eruption in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every donation helps! Contribute today via our fiscal sponsor, Mindful Living.

get cooking! Recipe archive

Looking for meal inspiration? Discover a recipe from our collection, curated and developed exclusively for the Chef Hui #FeedThePeopleHI-Puna meal bag project. Recipes are created by local chefs and Hawai‘i Island project co-leads, based on what is available, abundant, or in season, and based on our diverse island heritage. Recipes are simple and flexible. Enjoy!!

Oct. 9 – Beef & Warabi by Chef Jared “Dusk” Paul, Kalo Hamburger

Oct. 16 – Beef & ‘Ulu Stew by Chef Jared “Dusk” Paul, Beef Udon

Oct. 23 – Kimchi Kalo Hash with BeefKimchi Ramen with Shoyu Egg & Bok Choy

Nov. 13 – Local Style Sheperd’s PiePortuguese Bean Soup

Nov. 20 – Beef Luau Stew with Kalo & Uala