From Kaneohe to Waikiki to Waianae, non-profit Aloha Harvest tries to rescue food to feed Hawaii's hungry. 

"Repurposing food that'd be thrown away, perfectly good food and making sure that people who need it, get it, is an extraordinarily good thing," Mark Davis, Aloha Harvest board member, said.  

Some food establishments also donate leftovers to the homeless.

"For the bigger restaurants, for occasions when they have big parties, they might have excess food left at the end of the day. Those are really the opportunities for us to provide excess food to the homeless shelters," Victor Lim, Hawaii Restaurant Association legislative lead, said. 

A senate concurrent resolution in the state legislature wants more restaurants to give away extra food. Not just to help the needy, but also the environment.
The measure says when food waste ends up in the landfill, it produces methane, a gas that's bad for the earth's atmosphere.
Keeping the food fresh can be a challenge because it has to be stored properly for freshness and safety. 

"The temperature is very critical as far as ensuring on going food safety. By the time it gets to a shelter or things like that, they’ve worked it out with those people so they know how to reheat it, prepare it," Lim said. 

Davis says his organization developed an effective system.

"Almost all the food we get is delivered immediately upon delivery. We don't store it, we don't house it anywhere. We immediately deliver it to agencies that need it most," he said. 

Lim says some restaurants won't give its leftovers because it takes time to pack up the extra food and money to pay for storage materials like plastic wrap.
Some also worry about liability but there's federal legislation in place to protect donors. 
Legal worries aside, these organizations hope more eateries will jump on board to help others.