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Calling All Farmers!

Do you sell fresh produce regularly at a farm stand or market? Do you want to expand access to affordable fresh foods for seniors? Be a Senior Farmers Market vendor! HCEOC is enrolling vendors for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

SFMNP provides low-income seniors with produce vouchers to use at local farmers markets, which vendors then redeem with HCEOC. We strive to partner with a range of vendors so participants may have fresh food options wherever they live on Hawai'i Island. 

To learn more, contact Food Services Manager Cheryl Octavio at (808) 731-7009 ext. 604 or
Enrollment ends Monday, March 26.

Apply for Home Weatherization Assistance
Interested in reducing your utility bills? The Weatherization Assistance Program may be able to help! We are still accepting applications for low-income households wanting to increase their home’s energy efficiency to save money and increase the safety and lifespan of their home.
Apply for SFMNP starting April 1
Applications for the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) will be available on April 1. Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or bookmark our website to be the first to see the application when it launches.

To apply by mail, call (808) 731-7009 ext. 604 or We also accept walk-in applicants.
March is National Nutrition Month!
In celebration of National Nutrition Month, this March we are highlighting our drivers who provide transportation to seniors who are enrolled in the Hawaii County Nutrition Program (HCNP).

Mahalo to HCEOC Drivers Curtis Leialoha (Pahoa), Annette Perez (Waimea), and Mai Tanaka (Hilo) for taking care of our kupuna!
HCNP has various site locations throughout Hawaii Island and provides low-cost meals along with a variety of activities such as fitness classes, nutrition education, guest speakers, outings, and recreational activities.

For more information about HCNP, visit their website or call (808) 961-8726.
Wellness Tips from Mālama Kupuna

Did you know falls are one of the most common causes of injury among older adults? Here are six simple fall prevention tips, courtesy of Mālama Kupuna:
  1. Install handrails wherever there are stairs, on both sides if possible, and hold onto the handrails whenever you go up or down stairs.
  2. Avoid small rugs like throw rugs. Make sure carpeting is firmly fixed to the floor.
  3. Mount grab bars near toilets and both inside and outside your bathtub or shower.
  4. Use nightlights in hallways, bathrooms, and your bedroom, close to your bed.
  5. Keep a flashlight by your bed in case the power goes out.
  6. Know where your pet(s) are whenever you are walking or standing. 
Community Highlights
Something Seussy this way comes...! HCEOC Team Captains Carrie Fernandez, Maelissa Kawaiea, and Loke Kuamo'o, along with special guest "DC in the Hat", met with other team captains to prepare for the Dr. Seuss-themed 2023 Relay for Life of the Big Island on July 15.
Here's how you can support Team HCEOC in our effort to raise funds for a future free from cancer:

Help us reach our goal of $1000 by July 15! Donate online to our team or to a specific member of our team. Funds raised in their name still support our team's overall goal!

Join Team HCEOC or register as a Relay for Life participant by yourself or with your family or workplace!

"Hats off to Hope!"
Cancer: Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere

Saturday, July 15, 5 PM - Midnight
Francis Wong Stadium, 799 Piilani St.
Upcoming Holidays

HCEOC will be closed for the following holidays:
Monday, March 27
Prince Kūhiō Day
Friday, April 7
Good Friday
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