Eat local and help the community

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Can you make every single meal for your family with only local ingredients?

Organizers of this year's "Eat Local" challenge what you to get cooking without all those products that are imported into our islands.

And they say farmer's markets are the perfect place to start the challenge.

Farmers fill the events with hundreds of different products all grown right in hawaii.

Not much of cook?

"Eat Local" says you can still participate by eating at restaurants that make the effort to serve food that's harvested here at home.

"Eating local is one of the simplest things we can do, a lot of us feel, to help the local economy, to help our community," said Lisa Asagi of the Hawaii Farm Bureau. "Food security right now in Hawaii is at an all-time low and we're importing close to 85% of our food."

The"Eat Local" challenge is an idea cooked up by the non-profit group "Kanu Hawaii."

This year they expanded the effort from a week to the entire month of September.

To find out how you can join the challenge, click here.