Registration for Localicious Hawai‘i 2017 is now open! For restaurants interested in joining our 2017 campain, please click the restaurant registration link above to support Localicious Hawai‘i and Veggie U! The deadline to register is Friday, January 20, 2017.
Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation launched Localicious Hawaiʻi in 2014 to raise public awareness of restaurants that are committed to sustaining our local agricultural industry and through doing so, raising funds for agricultural education in our public schools. After it's first year, Hawai‘i State Legislature declared the month of March to be Localicious Hawaiʻi month in support of the program.
The Localicious Hawaiʻi campaign runs from March 1–31 to coincide with National Agricultural Day and partners with nearly 150 restaurants statewide. Participating restaurants feature a specific dish(es) made with a locally grown, caught or raised product throughout the month. The dish(es) are identified on menus with a Localicious sticker or logo next to the item. When patrons order the "Localicious" dish, the restaurant donates $1 to HAF’s Veggie U Hawai‘i educational program.
HAF’s Veggie U Hawai‘i program is part of the national Veggie U organization (www.veggieu.org) that supplies classroom garden kits and a robust five-week science program that combines science, health, language arts, and math into an engaging educational experience for students in elementary schools. Each restaurant that raises a minimum of $500 will be able to adopt a public DOE fourth grade classroom wanting the program in their school.
The goal of the campaign is raise $50,000 and extend the Veggie U program to more and more classrooms across the state of Hawai‘i. The program is currently only offered to fourth grade classrooms with the intent to expand to other grade levels in the future. HAF currently has a teacher on staff that has worked with the Department of Education (DOE) to align the Veggie U kits with Hawai‘i State science and common core standards. Funds will be used to purchase the kits, provide stipends, arrange ground and air transportation, and develop training materials for teachers. To see a list of participating schools, click here.
As part of the 2017 campaign, HAF and Hawai‘i Gas sponsored a new Art and Essay Contest, “Eat Local - My Favorite Dish Created with Locally Grown and Raised Crop; including farmed animals" for students in grades K – 6. The contest is designed to expose children at a young age to where food comes from. There are two categories: an art contest for students in grades K – 3 and an art and essay contest for students in grades 4 – 6. A winner is selected from each category at the end of the month of February and will receive a class party with a celebrity chef and an Apple iPad mini. Entry forms and contest rules are available at www.localicioushawaii.com/agcontest.
To view the full list of 2016 participating restaurants and more information visit: www.localicioushawaii.com
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