Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger
The Hawaii Homegrown Food Network is looking for a select number of landowners on Maui, O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island with excess breadfruit. A two-person harvest team--expertly trained and equipped by the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden--will harvest your breadfruit at pre-arranged times (liability insurance included). The breadfruit, raw and processed, will be distributed to food insecure families who value breadfruit as a delicious and nutritious food. Landowners will retain a percentage of the fruit and have the satisfaction of knowing that breadfruit that would otherwise fall to the ground and go to waste will feed some of Hawai‘i’s hungry families.
Since the economic downturn of 2008, many families lack access to affordable and nutritious food. The Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger project directly addresses food security in Hawai‘i by harvesting breadfruit that is not being utilized and distributing it to people who want and need it. In addition to the obvious social benefit of feeding the hungry in Hawai‘i with a local resource that is currently going to waste, this project also explores the viability of breadfruit as a replacement for imported starches and compares it to other local and imported carbohydrate staples based on price and nutrient value delivered.