Most CARES money distributed: Island families and businesses take advantage of federal relief funds

  • Tricia Hodson fills a bag with fresh produce, ready to deliver to kupuna in Waimea earlier this month. The Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council is delivering seniors around Hawaii Island five frozen dinners plus a bag of fresh produce with its CARES Act funding. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kathy Manuel hands an Umeke Ai to a vehicle at the drive-through pick up in September in Waimea. The program provides an umeke ai, or food basket or bag, filled with staple Native Hawaiian foods at a discounted price thanks to partnerships, contributions, donations and most recently a $100,000 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant via Hawaii County. That grant will fund the program through the end of the year. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Food purchased and distributed by ZIP code. (Hawaii County government)

More than 1,540 Hawaii Island businesses and nonprofit organizations have received an average $8,961 in government assistance, 812 families have received an average $4,415 to help with their rent and mortgages and 115,581 individuals have received food so far under programs paid by federal coronavirus relief funds.