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Homemade Convenience is a developmental pilot project which includes a core of curricula such as menu planning, increasing intake of fruits and veggies, along with the experience of assembling meals. It aids to alleviate the question of "what to cook" for meals as well as the possible limitation of required or needed ingredients.

The Homemade Convenience Website was created for Food Stamp or Food Stamp eligible clientele to utilize existing leaflets, menus, recipes and assembly suggestions for menu planning. It is a "blueprint" for understanding how an actual homemade convenience class would operate from set-up to the finished product, i.e. taking home the assembled meal.

Clientele can participate in hands-on assembly activities in order to assemble their ready-made meals, via the Homemade Convenience website. An example of a hands-on assembly recipe is Skillet Lasagna. There will be an assembly line with all the recipe ingredients, and instructions on how to prepare the recipe/meal. So, the Food Stamp or Food Stamp eligible clientele will be able to pretend to "take home" the meal or freeze the ready made meal for a later time.

Participants will be able to access the Home-made Convenience website via the internet. It can also be referred by Food Stamp offices and agencies working with the appropriate participants. Throughout the assembly of meals, the message of "fruits and veggies more matters" (encouragement of more fruits and vegetables daily) will be introduced and reinforced as well as cooking at home and eating together more often.


To assist Food Stamp or Food Stamp Eligible clientele to choose healthy foods and active lifestyles within their food budget constraints.


To provide nutrition education to Food Stamp or Food Stamp eligible participants with limited resources, emphasizing:

  • Menu planning
  • The assembly of meals
  • An increase of fruit and vegetable intake (Fruits & Veggies – More Matters)
  • An increase in the frequency of cooking at home, with the encouragement of eating together more often

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Department of Human Services (DHS), Benefit, Employment and Support Service Division (BESSD), State of Hawaii Food Stamp Program

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Stamp Nutrition Connection

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Poverty Guidelines 2007


Contact Information

Homemade Convenience Project
1955 East-West Road #306
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4124


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