About Us

The Kōkua Harvest Project is the first Hawai’i Island-wide food rescue project: collecting/harvesting of excess fresh food from farms and other sources for donation to local food pantries and community partners.

Food rescue is not only a successful model for reducing the waste of valuable produce, but also gives low-income individuals access to fresh and locally-grown foods that are not always available in their communities.

This project aims to prevent food waste at its source, build community resilience and connection, and strengthen access to healthy nutrient-dense fresh fruit and vegetables for low income families. Through the act of rescuing and sharing food, we intend to connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for food.



Our Staff

Kristin Frost Albrecht, Co-Director

Silvan Shawe, Co-Director

Lisa DeSantis, Project Coordinator