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Hawaii Foodbank Receives 179,000 Pounds of Emergency Donations

Hawaii Foodbank asked and the community responded in a very generous and positive way. Residents and businesses across Hawaii answered the call for emergency food donations to help feed more than 287,000 local residents, and Oahu warehouse is now up to 11-days-worth of food in stock.

Hawaii Foodbank aims to collect one million pounds of food each month but a decrease in summer donations, providing emergency relief following two natural disasters and an approaching hurricane had left the Oahu warehouse with less than 10-days worth of food in stock. But with the local community’s tremendous support, Hawaii Foodbank received more than 128,000 pounds of food, more than 51,000 pounds of water and drinks and monetary donations equivalent to 60,257 meals.

“We are so grateful for the community’s incredible response and generosity in providing food and monetary donations,” said Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Foodbank. “Hawaii Foodbank distributes more than 46,000 pounds of food a day and we can’t do what we do without our community’s kokua. Thank you very much.”

Hawaii Foodbank is still accepting monetary donations and non-perishable food items. Donations of canned proteins, canned meals, canned vegetables, canned fruits and rice are in high demand.

Online donations can be made here. Residents are encouraged to drop off their donations from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Oahu warehouse - located at 2611 Kilihau Street in Mapunapuna. Donations may also be dropped off year-round at Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, NAPA Auto Parts locations and Ruby Tuesday locations. Donors should check with store locations for regular business hours.

Oahu Warehouse Has Less Than 10 Days of Food in Stock – Donations Urgently Needed

In an effort to continue providing food assistance to more than 287,000 hungry islanders, Hawaii Foodbank is asking community members for emergency food and monetary donations.

Hawaii Foodbank aims to collect one million pounds of food each month, but a decrease in summer donations providing emergency relief – following two natural disasters and an approaching hurricane – have left its Oahu warehouse shelves bare with less than 10-days worth of food in stock.

“Hawaii Foodbank has been responding aggressively to the daily needs of hungry island residents while also providing emergency assistance for Kauai and Hawaii Island residents,” said Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Foodbank. “With about 20 percent of Oahu’s population suffering from food insecurity and relying on our services to provide food assistance in times of crisis, we are in dire need of food as our warehouse supplies are dwindling rapidly.”

In anticipation of the current hurricane season and threats surrounding Hurricane Hector, Hawaii Foodbank is in need of emergency provisions in order to effectively prepare and respond in the event of another natural disaster.

“We distribute about a million pounds of food each month through our member agencies and other nonprofit groups serving those in need and now with Hector brewing in the Pacific, we’re very concerned,” says Mizutani. “The lull in summer donations is starting to reveal itself in our warehouse. Ideally, we’d like to see a food stockpile of 20 days. We humbly ask the community to give what they can.”

Hawaii Foodbank is accepting monetary donations and non-perishable food items. Donations of canned proteins, canned meals, canned vegetables, canned fruits and rice are in high demand and residents are encouraged to drop their donations at Hawaii Foodbank as soon as possible.

Please help by making a donation today. Online donations can be made here, and food donations can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Oahu warehouse - located at 2611 Kilihau Street in Mapunapuna. Donations may also be dropped off during business hours at Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, NAPA Auto Parts locations and Ruby Tuesday locations.


Disaster Relief Updates on Kauai and Oahu

Hawaii Foodbank is working to help in the emergency situations caused by disasters on Oahu and Kauai.

On Kauai, in partnership with Walmart and Malama Kauai, we have already delivered 4 pallets of food and bottled water to Hanalei and Anahola areas and are preparing another delivery.

If you are not residing in Kauai, please support flood relief efforts by making an online donation and designating your gift to "Kauai Disaster Relief"  or "Disaster Relief" (for Oahu) in the drop-down menu.

Food and donations raised on Kauai will be used for Kauai emergency relief.

On Oahu, Hawaii Foodbank is working with our member agencies to ensure that the families and individuals in the affected area have food and water as they work to recover from the damage caused by the storm.

Angel Network Charities, run by Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church in Aina Haina, is Hawaii Foodbank’s largest food distributing agency in East Oahu. We are working to support their recovery.

To assist with East Oahu emergency relief, monetary donations can be sent to Hawaii Foodbank at 2611 Kilihau Street, Honolulu, HI 96819.

The emergency situation emphasizes the importance of the services of our food bank network to ensure that no one in Hawaii goes hungry. It is the reason that food drive is so important to make sure that our food bank warehouses are sufficiently stocked with food and other supplies to immediately respond in emergency situations.


Top 5 Community Food Drives of June 2018

Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America
3,781 lbs.
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc.
1,146 lbs.
Kahuku High & Intermediate School
1,027 lbs.
Kailua Intermediate School
674 lbs.
Sullivan Family of Companies (Foodland & Sack N Save)
594 lbs.

*July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


In the News

Hawaii Foodbank City and County Food Drive Fill the Fire Truck 2018

4/21/18 - KITV4 Island News segment on the City's "Fill the Fire Truck" at Honolulu Hale for Hawaii Foodbank's Food Drive Day

KHON2 Hawaii Foodbank flood food drive 2018

4/18/18 - KHON2 News coverage on Food Drive Day & flood response on Oahu and Kauai

Pearl City Shopping Center Hawaii Foodbank Food Drive 2018

4/5/18 - MyPearlCity.com Take part in the 29th Annual Food Drive at Pearl City Shopping Center or at any of our other collection sites on Oahu and Kauai.

Hawaii Foodbank Kickoff Breakfast 2018 Sarah Gonsalves

1/25/18 - Hawaii News Now Sunrise with Sarah at Kickoff Breakfast

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