City and County of Honolulu, Bank of Hawaii Foundation and Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Hawai‘i Resilience Fund partner with Hawaii Foodbank on an initative to provide meals to newly unemployed.

To help O‘ahu #RiseResiliently, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced an innovative public-private partnership to provide food assistance to recently unemployed individuals. (Updated May 23 at 8:34 a.m.

The City & County of Honolulu matched a $1 million donation from the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) for COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will go to Hawaii Foodbank to deploy food distributions at new locations throughout O‘ahu beginning Thursday, April 30, 2020. This will be in addition to Hawaii Foodbank's regular, existing food distributions island wide.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people on O‘ahu right now who are struggling to make ends meet, and wondering how long this will all last,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We are partnering with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Hawaii Foodbank to reach out to these people, and hopefully ease the burden of wondering how they’re going to put food on the table. In order for us to get through this, we all need to come up with creative solutions and work together to help those in need.”

The Bank of Hawaii Foundation donated $3 million to the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to address the growing social and economic impacts of COVID‑19 in Hawai‘i. From their donation, $750,000 will be used for this effort on O‘ahu and $250,000 will be deployed to feed families on the neighbor islands. “Our hope is that this donation can relieve the stress that so many are experiencing right now to provide food for their families,” says Peter S. Ho, chairman, president and CEO of Bank of Hawaii. “We remain committed to making a significant impact on Hawai‘i’s needs in the broadest way possible throughout this pandemic.”

The next food distribution will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Aloha Stadium.


The goal is to have two distributions per week alternating at four venues: Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park, Kaiaka Beach Park (Hale‘iwa), Waimānalo Recreation Center, and Waipi‘o Soccer Complex. Dates and times are to be determined, and schedules will be posted on Hawaii Foodbank’s website. Multiple family pick-ups (two to three families per vehicle) are recommended.

Four food partners – Hawaii Farm Bureau; Hawaii Foodservice Alliance; Hawai‘i Ranchers Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i Island, Maui and O‘ahu; and Sysco Hawaii – will provide high-quality food products for an estimated 4,000 households or while supplies last at each Food For Hawai‘i's ‘Ohana distribution site. Several community partners including American Job Center Hawaii, Child & Family Service, Domestic Violence Action Center, and Hawai‘i Counts 2020 Census will also be on hand to provide valuable information to recipients.

The Royal Hawaiian Band, under the direction of Clarke Bright, will assist Hawaii Foodbank with the distributions. The band, which in a normal year performs over 350 concerts, has assisted in staffing the city’s call center and performing other critical tasks during the pandemic. They will be engaged in transporting, packing and distributing the food to families in need.

The public-private initiative was spurred by the unprecedented demand on food banks in Hawaiʻi due to the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on island families.

With an economic downturn, closures and shorter business hours, and increased unemployment, demand for Hawaii Foodbank food assistance has increased nearly 60 percent and is expected to continue to rise.

“There are no words to adequately express our gratitude and appreciation for the Bank of Hawai‘i Foundation, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and the City & County of Honolulu,” said Hawaii Foodbank President and CEO Ron Mizutani. “It’s an incredible gift that will not only provide food assistance for the recently unemployed but also provide financial support to key players in Hawai‘i’s food economy—and help kickstart a conversation about the importance of local food sources. Together, we will rise resiliently.”

Emergency Food Assistance Resources


Emergency Assistance on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi


We’re working diligently to maintain regular distributions while also preventing the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, we honor the safety of our food partner agencies who must temporarily close down operations.

Click below for the most recent lists of operating food pantries and distribution sites:

Food Bank Partners on the Neighbor Islands


Hawaii Foodbank serves Oʻahu and Kauaʻi directly while partnering with The Food Basket to serve Hawaiʻi County and Maui Food Bank to serve Maui County. Together, we work to ensure that no one in our entire ʻohana goes hungry.

If you live in Hawaiʻi County or Maui County, please visit the links below for more information:

Call 2-1-1 for Aloha United Way


If you need immediate food assistance, please call 2-1-1 to speak to a specialist or visit

2-1-1 is a free, statewide referral service available through Aloha United Way. It connects people from all communities and of all ages to a specialist who will help you find local health and human services.

2-1-1 is committed to being the first, most essential resource to anyone who needs help in Hawaii. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hawaii Foodbank is committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our community, our clients, our volunteers and our precious staff.

We have taken many precautions to help make sure that our food and product remain safe, our distributions and volunteer activities continue, and, ultimately, our communities have access to the food they need while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Hawaii Foodbank is following the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of Hawaii Department of Health. In addition, Hawaii Foodbank has implemented proactive and voluntary steps to help reduce contact and/or spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Providing gloves to all volunteers handling food at our warehouse facilities

  • Increasing the availability of hand-sanitizing stations throughout our warehouse facilities

  • Increasing the visibility of signage and emphasizing the importance of hand-washing in the restrooms and throughout our warehouse facilities

  • Advising people to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Advising people to avoid close contact with others who are sick

  • Advising staff and volunteers to stay home if they display signs of illness or come into contact with affected individuals

  • Postponing or cancelling all large-group gatherings, including Great Chefs® Fight Hunger

  • Increasing the frequency of deep-cleaning and sanitization beyond our already-aggressive standards and taking additional steps to ensure the safety of donated food