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CTAHR Care Packages and Cooking Shows Continues to Engage Students During the Pandemic

During the 2020-2021 school year, CTAHR sought new and innovative ways to engage our students. What launched as a welcome back to fall care package, turned into monthly care packages, followed by monthly cooking shows. With the help of our CTAHR Ambassadors and Scholarship recipients, the Academic and Student Affairs Office has given out over 1100 care packages and 350 cooking show kits! Please check out this video highlighting these events.

These care packages would not have been possible without the help of many individuals and organizations. Mahalo to CTAHR Alumnus Steve Sato for sponsoring the September and October Care Packages as well as the Zippy’s Thanksgiving Meals Prizes. Thank you to ASUH for the support of the November Care Package and Cooking Show as well as the May Care Package. Mahalo to SAPFB and the Coalition to Stop Campus Hunger for their support of the December, March, and April Care Packages. Additionally, thank you to the CTAHR Alumni and Friends for November Care Package Prizes of Hawaiian Pie Company’s Mini Pies, Costco Rotisserie Chickens and the December Care Package and Cooking Show. Furthermore, thank you to Assistance League Hawaii for sponsoring the January Care Package and Cooking Show and Lotus Hawaii for the February Care Package.

Many others also supported by contributing to the care packages. Mahalo to CTAHR’s Director of Development Audrey Hirayama for Halloween treat bags and for helping to prepare November and December Cooking Show kits. Thank you Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Pacific Island Region for the instant rice. A big mahalo to Aloha Harvest, who contributed every month for a total of over 5 tons of goods!

In addition to the dry goods, CTAHR stepped up to provide fresh produce as well. Mahalo to our Cooperative Extension Agents for harvesting fresh taro from Waimanalo. Thank you to the Urban Garden Center Fruit Hui for harvesting monthly boxes of assorted citrus, papaya, avocado, mango, breadfruit, mountain apple, and squash. Lastly, thank you to GoFarm Hawaii. GoFarm students at both their Waimanalo and Waialua sites harvested monthly for a total over 500 lbs of cucumbers, limes, beets, swiss chard, cabbages, and carrots, which saved students over $1200!

Our CTAHR Cooking shows were a hit with not only students but also with Faculty, Staff, and Alumni. A special shout out to Dr. Jenee Odan, Dr. Kent Kobayashi, and CTAHR alumna Rose Saito for joining every month. The CTAHR Cooking Shows would not have been possible without our fearless leader, FSHN Instructor Lara Hackney for being our host. Missed a show? All recordings and recipes have been posted to the CTAHR YouTube Channel.

CTAHR Care Packages and Cooking Shows will be taking a break this summer but we plan to return for Fall. Interested in donating goods? Please contact Jessie Radovich at radovije@hawaii.edu. Students, the CTAHR FoodStack in the ASAO Office in Gilmore Hall 1st Floor will remain open from 9 am -12 pm. Stop by to say hi and pick up snacks!

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