Kaukau 4 Keiki

What is Kaukau 4 Keiki?

Kaukau 4 Keiki will distribute meal boxes filled with groceries, equivalent to 7 days of breakfasts and lunches to low-income keiki across Kaua’i. They will be offered through pickup sites and limited home deliveries from accepted applicants to the program.

We aim to source these boxes as locally as possible, with distributions happening on Mondays for 9 weeks, Monday, June 3rd – Monday, July 29th.

We’ve run a version of this program for the past three years and it’s one of the most rewarding experiences. We hope you’ll join us in addressing the hunger gap for our keiki this summer!

Farmers & Food Producers

We currently have an open RFPif you would like to place a bid on becoming one of our food vendors in 2024! We will be purchasing a variety of local foods. Contact [email protected] for more info.

Volunteers Needed

Signup to help out at tinyurl.com/2024KaukauVolunteers.
Volunteers are needed across the island!

Make a Donation

We are actively seeking funds to support the costs of providing home delivery to families without transportation, and also with supporting families who are not eligible for USDA’s box program. You can make a donation online, or mail a check with “Kaukau 4 Keiki” in the memo to Mālama Kaua’i, 3-3204 Kūhiō Hwy, Ste. 102, Līhuʻe, HI 96766.

FAQ for Kaua’i Families

What’s in the boxes?
Box contents and menu plan for Summer 2024 can be found here. We must serve all items in every box to maintain compliance with USDA regulations and there is no customization available, unless there is a medically documented allergy. There will be a Share Table at each pickup site so you will have an opportunity to leave behind the things you do not want and swap it for something you do!

Who is eligible?
Keiki 18 and under (or up to 22 years old with a disability and enrolled in public school). Additional eligibility info depends upon the town you live in:

FOR BOX PICKUP: If recipient is living in one of the eligible towns: Anahola, ʻEleʻele, Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a, Kaumakani, Kekaha, Kōloa, Lawa‘i, Līhu‘e, Po‘ipū, Wailua, and Waimea – no additional paperwork is required outside of a Kaukau 4 Keiki application (will be posted soon). This year, you must pickup your box in the same town that you live in (or the closest location). Only parents or legal guardians can pickup for the children.

FOR DELIVERY & NON-ELIGIBLE TOWN RESIDENTS: For home box delivery, or pickup by residents in non-eligible towns (Hanalei, Hā‘ena, Wainiha, Princeville, Kīlauea, and Kalāheo), parents must submit verification of income qualification to qualify – this can be done by submitting a copy of your SNAP or Free/Reduced Meal letter, or a new meal application form, in addition to your Kaukau 4 Keiki application.

I cannot make it to my assigned pickup site! What do I do?
Contact Mandy immediately at 808-828-0685 x16 so we can arrange another ‘ohana to take your box, or see if there is any accommodation we can make. Only parents/guardians listed in your Kaukau application can pickup boxes for your child(ren). Families who no-show for a pickup will be removed from the participant list.

What if I am not eligible but in need?
We are working to raise more funds to assist low-income families, and will post updates here, in our e-newsletter, and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts if resources become available. We also encourage you to review our Emergency Food Resources page for more local help.

How do I apply for my keiki to receive a box?
You may submit a Kaukau 4 Keiki Application at https://tinyurl.com/2024KaukauApp. Home delivery will require documentation of need (see above).

Can I get Kaukau 4 Keiki boxes if my child participates in DOE Summer Meals?
No. As all of these summer food service programs are sponsored by USDA, participating in more than one program is considered double-dipping and is illegal.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Megan Fox can be reached at [email protected] or at 808-828-0685 x12

Mahalo Nui to Our 2024 Partners!

Hawai‘i Child Nutrition Program
Kamehameha Schools
Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance
Kaua‘i United Church of Christ Kapa‘a
King’s Chapel
Kōloa Elementary School
Kūkulu Kumuhana O Anahola
Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust
Waimea Huaka‘i
The Zonta Club of Hanalei