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The Maui Wildfires have taken a great toll on our community, and the community food security needs immediately surged. On August 9th, the onset of the fires the Salvation Army kitchen burned down and Common Ground Collective (CGC) was contacted by Maui because Salvation Army is the state contracted food provider during times of emergency. On August 9th we immediately acquired the kitchen at University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC), coordinated UHMC staff, various government agencies, Chef Hui and World Central Kitchen in order to begin providing meals for those in need both in shelters and out in the community at various community hubs. We have been working to incorporate products from local producers as much as possible to help offset the economic fall out of this disaster.


Since August 9th, 2023:


  • CGC has been coordinating 8,000-10,000 meals a day for those in need. 

  • CGC will continue to help with procurement of local produce, proteins and added
    value products needed for both UHMC and WCK, in addition to bulk food items for community 
    distribution hubs who are wanting to cook for themselves.

  • The Maui County Department of Agriculture has reached out to ask for CGC’s assistance helping
    Kula Ag Park farmers who have lost their market contacts find new outlets for their products. In
    order to do this CGC is working with partners to create a streamlined order and fulfillment
    her producers current and long term market connection process to help facilitate this and other

  • CGC continues to run its existing programs that promote food security island-wide.

If you would like to support our efforts, please consider making a donation.

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