In Hawaii, over 52% of the population is either overweight or obese & over 90,000 people are diabetic. The state ranks 30th in child food security & 44th of all states in ensuring children have adequate summer nutrition. Poverty & food insecurity on islands is also high, with 1 in 10 people living at or below poverty level. Obviously, Hawaii is in need of fruit trees & the comprehensive, effective programs offered at Na Piko to address family nutrition, food justice, & community wellbeing.
Na Piko will address social welfare, climate change & promote a well-rounded healthy lifestyle for the Hawaiian people through orchard installations, wellness education, community tree planting events, & horticultural workshops. Our thriving local nursery will grow fruit trees expertly selected for their ability to prosper in Hawaii's climate & meet community demands, with the trees grown here supplying our planting & distribution programs at schools, local markets, & low-income households.
Hawaii needs fruit trees to improve the health & welfare of its citizens. Trees educate students on the importance of a nutrient-rich diet, active lifestyle, & a healthy planet. Community orchards & horticultural training provide nutrition to the food insecure, beautify neighborhoods, bring people together, & empower Hawaiians to be self-reliant. And a local, thriving nursery of tropical fruit trees allows FTPF to provide the highest quality trees to the people of Hawai'i who want & need them.
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