MEO NFJP collecting long-sleeve shirts for farmworkers

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March 17, 2023

New or lightly used long-sleeve shirts are being collected for farmworkers from March 24 to 31 by Maui Economic Opportunity’s National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).

The Nat’l Long Sleeve Shirt Drive, organized nationally by the Association of Farmworker Opportunities Programs, coincides with Farmworker Awareness Week, which brings attention to farmworkers and honors their work.

Long-sleeve shirts provide protection from pesticide exposure and heat-related illnesses. Donations, which will be given to farmworkers, need to be light colored, natural fabric and long sleeved.

They may be dropped off at:

  • MEO Family Center, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku;
  • MEO Moloka‘i, 380 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai;
  • MEO Lana‘i, 1144 Ilima Ave., No. 102, Lana‘i City;
  • American Job Center in the Maui County Business Resource Center at 110 Ala’ihi Street No. 209, is also a drop-off location.

MEO is Hawai‘i’s NFJP operator, the nonprofit agency’s only statewide program. With clients on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kauai, Oahu and Hawai‘i Island, MEO NFJP provides education and training, such as for GED high school equivalency diplomas and commercial driver’s licenses; supportive services, including child care, transportation, work tools and clothing; job training; and employment.

NFJP also offers training and certifications at no cost to farms. This includes first aid and CPR training, heat and pesticide certifications and partially covering the cost of on-the-job training.

For more information, contact NFJP case managers Suzette Bacarro at (808) 243-4369 or [email protected], or Uilani Ah Chan at (808) 243-4370 or [email protected].



Maui Economic Opportunity National Farmworker Jobs Program caseworkers made a visit to Kunia Country Farm/Ko Hana Rum on Oahu in July 2021.

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