Hawaii Has Five Top Organizations in James Beard Food Tank New Guide

The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” Five organizations from Hawaii were chosen including: Aloha Harvest, Hawaii Organic Farming Association, The Hawaii Public Seed Initiative, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, and Malama Kauai.

This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service. 

The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders. 

“We hope this guide will serve as a resource for chefs, farmers, students, advocates, and others to find the resources they need about the growing good food movement in the U.S.,” says Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation. 

This annual guide will be launched at the James Beard Food Conference on October 27, 2014 as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work. 

These groups include organizations who combat childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; prevent food waste; educate consumers on healthy, nutritious food choices; create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment. 

“Food Tank is delighted to collaborate on this effort with the James Beard Foundation—we’re thrilled to highlight so many great organizations who are working to educate, inspire, and cultivate a better food system,” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.

Included in the Guide are these five groups from Hawaii:

1. Aloha Harvest

Aloha Harvest is a nonprofit in Oahu founded in 1999 to rescue food that would be wasted by restaurants, food distributors, hotels, and other businesses. The organization picks up food from over 230 donors and delivers it to social agencies helping those in need. They have collected over 12.7 million pounds of food to date.

2. Hawaii Organic Farming Association

Hawaii Organic Farming Association (HOFA) promotes organic farming and sustainability throughout the state. Through education and research, HOFA works to support sustainable agriculture and stewardship of the land.

3. The Hawaii Public Seed Initiative

The Hawaii Public Seed Initiative helps farmers and their communities to harvest, store, and preserve public seeds. Through a range of programming including seed exchanges, the Initiative aims to increase food production and improve food quality.

4. Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Kokua Hawaii Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to bring environmental education programming into schools and communities around the state. Their farm to school initiative,  INA In Schools, incorporates school gardens into classroom learning, supports nutrition education, and teaches children about where their food comes from.

5. Malama Kauai

Malama Kauai is a nonprofit on the island of Kauai that works to strengthen the local food system while highlighting community and culture. Programs include support for youth pursuing careers in sustainability, a sustainable business network, and community and school gardens.

Download a free copy of the James Beard Foundation Good Food Org 2014 Guide here.