Hawaii Foodbank starts new Holiday Food Drive
It's a new effort by the Hawaii Foodbank to stock shelves this holiday season.
Want to help fight hunger this holiday season? Organize your own food drive. It's a new effort by the Hawaii Foodbank to stock shelves this holiday season.
"We rely on donations. 46 to 50,000 pounds of food goes out that door every day," Ron Mizutani, president and CEO of Hawaii Foodbank, said.
Agencies that feed the needy, like the Institute for Human Services, pick up the food and serve it to their clients.
"If the Foodbank goes low, I get worried. This is my main source to get food to provide the meals we do at IHS," Ana Alualu, meals program manager at IHS, said.
If organizing your own event intimidates you, Mizutani says, don't worry. "We just want folks to see they can have an impact on people's lives during the holidays, and every single pound and every single dollar can make a huge difference."
The Hawaii Foodbank will be ready to receive the donations about a month from now. If you donate money, Mizutani assures you, it will be well spent. "We spend money carefully here; 95 cents of every dollar goes back to serving our mission," he said.
The Hawaii Foodbank's Mapunapuna warehouse is at 2611 Kilihau Street. Vehicles of all sizes are welcome. Santa will also be there to take pictures with families.
The Hawaii Foodbank, in partnership with the food industry and community, serves as a link between charities and those in need of food assistance including the elderly, families, children and those facing financial crises each week.
Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed over 13.7 million pounds of food in Oahu and Kauai, including 3.6 million pounds of fresh produce. The Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America and operates as the official food bank in the State of Hawaii.
For more information, visit www.hawaiifoodbank.org or call (808) 836-3600.
Hawaii Foodbank Holiday Food Drive:
Saturday, December 22 - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mapunapuna warehouse - 2611 Kilihau Street