Getting Started

The Hawaiʻi Nutrition Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and SNAP-Ed are working with community partners serving limited-resource populations to distribute Food to Grow Seedling Kits.

Food to Grow would like to help you start your produce garden at home!

Why Should I Grow Vegetables?

Kokua Card
Hawaii EBT

Did you know that every month, more than 44 million people use SNAP (Food Stamps) to get nutritious food? Many participants may buy items like tomatoes, lettuce, and papayas with their benefits, but did you also know that SNAP can also help people grow their own food? With SNAP, participants can buy seeds and plants that grow food using their EBT cards. It’s a great way to get fresh produce right at home!

For every $1 spent on seeds and fertilizer, home gardeners can grow an average of $25 worth of fruits and vegetables. Growing food from seeds and plants makes SNAP benefits last longer, allowing recipients to double the value of their benefits over time.

Why is it Important to Eat Vegetables?

Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients that are important for health and maintenance of your body. Find out more about vegetables at MyPlate website.

Where Can I Buy Seeds and Plants
that Grow Food with an EBT card?

Beans growing
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Inventory varies by location. Please call ahead to check for availability.

Oʻahu Locations

  • Walmart
  • Times
  • Don Quijote
  • Foodland
  • CVS Longs
  • Marukai
  • Tamura Super Market (Waianae)