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Education, support and advocacy for birth and wellness choices across Hawai'i

Farm to Mother 

PBC is offering free weekly food boxes designed specifically for the perinatal period, with focus on providing nutrition and health support for mothers and their growing babies. This program is in conjunction with the Maui Food Bank and is free and accessible to everyone. The items in our food boxes are curated for children and women during their childbearing years.

Please fill out this form to receive food distributions.

The form will be open every week Friday - Wednesday or until we have 15 recipients, then the form will close. Boxes need to be picked on Fridays 11am - 2pm in the Aloha Aina Center Suite 160 in Haiku. 

In Hawaii, food insecurity is a significant issue, with 48% of families with children reporting food insecurity.  This situation underscores the critical importance of access to healthy food during the perinatal period (pregnancy, birth, postpartum). Proper nutrition is essential for both the mother and the developing baby, impacting birth outcomes and long-term health. Malnutrition during pregnancy and postpartum can lead to serious complications, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and developmental issues for the child. Addressing food insecurity through tailored community programs like Farm to Mother help ensure that pregnant and postpartum women receive the nutrients they need for a healthy pregnancy and recovery.

Recipe Inspiration


Ripe papaya recipe: Papaya Boats with Yogurt & Granola


  • Immune Boost- Ripe papaya is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system, protecting both the mother and baby from infections.
  • Digestive Aid- The high fiber content and natural enzymes in ripe papaya support healthy digestion and prevent constipation, a frequent concern during pregnancy.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties- Ripe papaya contains antioxidants like beta-carotene and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory effects and can help reduce swelling and discomfort during the perinatal period

Green papaya recipe: Green papaya and Chicken Stews


  • Lactation Support- Green papaya is believed to help increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers due to its lactogenic properties.
  • Rich in Enzymes- The enzymes in green papaya, such as papain, aid in digestion and can help alleviate digestive discomfort and constipation, common during pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Nutrient Density- Green papaya provides essential vitamins (like vitamin C and folate) and minerals (such as potassium), which support maternal health and fetal development
**Note**: It is important for pregnant women to consult with their healthcare provider before consuming papaya, particularly green papaya, as it may contain latex that can induce uterine contractions.

Jackfruit (canned)

Many folks in Hawaii are familiar with ripe jackfruit, which is a large, nutritious tropical fruit (that tastes like Juicy Fruit!).

Canned, unripe canned jackfruit is another way of eating the fruit. It's savory, not sweet, and is often used in vegan and vegetarian recipes, such as shredded BBQ tacos, sandwiches, and curries. 

Recipes: Plant-based Taco Meat 

  • Nutrient-Rich Support: Jackfruit provides essential vitamins (such as vitamin C, A, and B vitamins) and minerals (like potassium and magnesium), which support maternal health and fetal development during pregnancy.
  • Digestive Health: The high fiber content in jackfruit aids digestion, helping to prevent constipation, a common issue during pregnancy, and promoting a healthy gut for the mother.
  • Antioxidant Protection: Jackfruit's antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, help protect both the mother and developing baby from oxidative stress and inflammation, supporting overall health during the perinatal period. 

Education, Support, and Advocacy for Birth and Wellness Choices Across Hawai'i

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Updated 9-1-22

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