Kōkua Harvest is a program of The Food Basket - Hawaiʻi Island’s Food Bank.

If you are in need of immediate food assistance, please contact
The Food Basket’s Hilo (808.933.6030) or Kona (808.322.1418) warehouses.

A photo of 'ulu after harvesting

Kōkua Harvest is Hawaiʻi Island’s harvesting project. We prevent food waste at its source, build community resilience and connection, and strengthen access to healthy, nutrient-dense fresh fruit and vegetables. We harvest and distribute excess produce to low-income communities throughout Hawaiʻi Island. Through the act of rescuing and sharing food, we connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for food.

Gleaning (also known as “food rescue”) is the ancient tradition of collecting excess fresh food from farms, gardens, restaurants, or other sources and donating it to those in need. It is a successful model for reducing the waste of valuable produce, and it gives low-income individuals access to fresh and locally-grown foods that are not always available in their communities.

Hawaiʻi is fortunate to have a year-round growing season and a long cultural tradition of sharing and growing food. Still, every year thousands of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables go to waste on farms large and small. Backyard fruit trees and excess garden produce also go unharvested.

Want to make a difference in your community? Check out How it Works then register as a crop donor or volunteer! Contact us at info@kokuaharvest.org if you have any questions.