For over 20 years, Hawaii Foodbank and participating food partner agencies have distributed millions of pounds of fresh produce and assorted dry goods and nonperishable items to underserved communities on Oahu and Kauai through the Ohana Produce Plus Program. Recipients of this program include families with low income, individuals with disabilities, the homeless and working poor. For many people, Ohana Produce Program is their only source of fresh fruits and vegetables.
In 2017, Hawaii Foodbank worked with 28 food partner agencies to distribute over 2.5 million pounds of fresh produce and nearly 4.8 million pounds of baked goods, dairy products, eggs, cereal, snack foods and beverages.
2018 Ohana Produce Plus Program Schedule & Locations
I started receiving food from the Foodbank/Ohana Produce when the distribution was held in the big field in front of Waimanalo School. I know it’s been 21 years because my daughter was 2 years old and in a stroller – now she’s 23.
My husband was working, but we didn’t have enough to make ends meet. I was pregnant, and my mom was battling cancer. A month after our daughter was born, my mom lost her battle with cancer. The day of her funeral, my husband got called into work and then told that he was being layed off…after 20+ years of employment. It couldn’t have come at a worse time.
We didn’t receive food stamps and we needed help to make ends meet. The first time I stood in line was hard, but we needed the food. It got easier with each visit. But I knew I couldn’t just take. I had to give back. I realized that I could come and help and receive food, too.
My daughter became our little foodbank mascot baby. I would bring a play pen to set up for her, but all the kupuna would want to take turns holding her, feeding her and playing with her. We made a lot of friends. Today, my daughter is 23. And she still helps distribute food to people in need.
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