Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


Food * Housing * Cash Assistance * Bills * Health * Education * Employment

Hawaii Assistance Programs and Services


  • 1. Hawaii Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to qualifying low-income and needy households and those making the transition from welfare to self-sufficiency. The beneficiaries use an EBT debit card to access their cash and/or SNAP benefits at Hawaii authorized food retailers. (+++)  Call: 855-643-1643
  • 2. Hawaii Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)  – Helps supplement the diets of needy individuals or households by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance in the most cost-effective and comprehensive manner practicable without cost to the recipients. Call: 808-836-3600
  • 3. Hawaii General Assistance (GA)   Provides cash benefits for food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials to adults ages 18 through 64, without minor dependents, who are temporarily disabled and who do not qualify for Social Security. Call: 855-643-1643
  • 4. Hawaii Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)   A federal program that offers monthly cash grants paid to Hawaii eligible low-income families with dependent children. Call: 855-643-1643
  • 5. Hawaii Temporary Assistance for Other Needy Families (TAONF)   A State of Hawaii funded program that offers monthly cash grants paid to eligible low-income families with dependent children. Call: 855-643-1643
  • 6. Hawaii QUEST Program   Provides health coverage and medical and mental health services through health plans for eligible Hawaii residents. Call: 808-587-3521
  • 7. Hawaii Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Hawaii residents. Call: 808-587-3521
  • 8. Hawaii Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals. Call: 808-586-4400
  • 9. Hawaii National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children. Call: 808-587-3600
  • 10. Hawaii Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps. Call: 808-587-3600
  • 11. Hawaii School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children. Call: 808-587-3600
  • 12. Hawaii Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months. Call808-587-3600
  • 13. Hawaii Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. Call: 808-587-3600
  • 14. Hawaii Head Start and Early Head Start ⇑ – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their families. Call: 808-847-3285
  • 15. Hawaii Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  – Assists eligible Hawaii households with their electric or gas bills. Call: 808-586-5734
  • 16. Hawaii Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  – Helps low-income Hawaii families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy-efficient. Call: 808-586-8675 
  • 17. Hawaii Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with vouchers that can be exchanged for fresh Hawaii-grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs at farmers’ markets. Call: 808-643-1643
  • 18. Hawaii Kupuna Care Program  – Provides services such as transportation, attendant care, case management, home-delivered meals, homemaker, and personal care services to Hawaii residents who are not able to do one or more activities of daily living (ADLs) or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Call: 808-768-7700
  • 19. Hawaii Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income Hawaii residents lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords. Call: Call PHA
  • 20. Hawaii Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for low-income Hawaii residents. Call: 808-204-9042
Updated: April 18, 2024 by HAFH