The people of Hawaii are one ʻohana. Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry. We work to gather food and support from our communities. We then distribute food through charitable agencies to those in need. Our mission is from the heart, and we will fulfill our mission with integrity, humanity and aloha.
Hawaii Foodbank is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and nonperishable food through approximately 200 charitable agencies on Oahu and Kauai. Hawaii Foodbank serves Oahu and Kauai directly, and we partner with The Food Basket to serve Hawaii County and Maui Food Bank to serve Maui County. Together, we work to ensure that no one in our Hawaii ʻohana goes hungry.
Our organization forms a vital link with food donors, charitable agencies and the hungry in Hawaii by collecting, inspecting, storing and distributing donated and purchased food. Last year, Hawaii Foodbank distributed more than 12.5 million pounds of food from our warehouse locations in Oahu and Kauai. Of the total amount distributed, 3 million pounds consisted of fresh produce.
Hawaii Foodbank has served the people of Hawaii for more than 35 years. Whether feeding the needy or distributing emergency food to survivors of Hurricane Iniki, Hawaii Foodbank has been there to help rebuild lives and give hope for a better tomorrow.
In 1996, Hawaii Foodbank was rated Hawaii’s Number One charity by Hawaii Business magazine. At that time, 94 percent of all donations fed the hungry. Today, that same percentage stands and is a testament to the financial strength and efficiency of our organization. Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Certification means Hawaii Foodbank meets national standards for:• The safe handling, receiving, storage and distribution of food• The financial management and stability of the organization• Board governance
We are also a proud partner agency of Aloha United Way (AUW) and Kauai United Way. Each year, Hawaii Foodbank supports the AUW annual campaign through speaking engagements and donations from its employees. Clients are referred to 2-1-1, AUW’s social services hotline whenever food assistance is needed. In addition, members our executive staff contribute their time and expertise on several AUW committees.
As a member of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Hawaii Foodbank was instrumental in providing immediate relief to the people of Kauai after Hurricane Iniki devastated the island on September 11, 1992. With more than 2 million pounds of food dispatched to families suffering in the aftermath, Hawaii Foodbank won statewide recognition for its contribution to the relief effort. Hawaii Foodbank was recognized as an important disaster preparedness and response organization for the state of Hawaii.