Hosted by Tina Downey and M.J. Joachim, I’m more than happy to be a part of their Holiday Food Drive BlogFest, and the idea is simple.
Share some details – and promote the cause – of a local food bank or organization that helps feed the poor in your area.
I’m focusing on The Hawaii Foodbank, and all information (and pictures below) is derived from its website.
In May of 1983, John White’s vision of a local food bank became reality when, along with a single driver, Mr. White opened a small warehouse on Sand Island that became the Hawaii Foodbank, according to information on its “History” page.
All the equipment used was donated by local companies and included two refrigerated containers, a flatbed truck and a three-ton forklift.
Although the Hawaii Foodbank had a humble beginning, by the end of that first year of operation, 380,000 pounds of food had been distributed through seventy-five member agencies. (For full details on the foodbank’s history, click here.)
Mission Statement of the Hawaii Foodbank:
The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The 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."
|During the annual Canstruction® event, teams from Hawaii’s best architecture firms, designers and engineers build structures using canned goods.|
Things They Do:The Hawaii Foodbank in partnership with the food industry and community serves as a link between charities and those in need of food assistance. Our drivers collect food from supermarkets, distributors and wholesalers and bring them to our warehouse for inspection and sorting. Goods are then available for distribution to 250 charitable agencies on Oahu to feed our hungry.
The Hawaii Foodbank network serves the elderly, families, children and those facing financial crises each week. Hawaii's hungry are people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, ages and economic status.Recent Stats:
Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed over 11.8 million pounds of food. In addition, three million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were distributed through the Hawaii Foodbank's Ohana Produce Program.
|In only 7 years, Canstruction® has raised over 249,000 pounds of food to feed Hawaii's hungry.|
The Hawaii Foodbank is also a certified member of Feeding America and operates as the official food bank in the State of Hawaii. To distribute food to the neighbor islands, we work with three subsidiary organizations: The Food Basket on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Maui Community Food Bank, and the Hawaii Foodbank - Kauai Branch.
The Hawaii Foodbank collects and distributes many canned goods. However, they also offer perishable items such as milk and dairy products, eggs, beef, chicken and fish. All of these items are stored in warehouse refrigerator and freezer units.
In addition, the Hawaii Foodbank distributes fresh fruits and vegetables through the Ohana Produce Program visiting sites in several areas of Oahu.
For general information, please visit The Hawaii Foodbank.
For information of the various ways to give, please click here.
To make a specific financial donation, please click here.
PS: The BlogFest badge above was generously created and donated by our favorite digital artist, the amazing Jeremy of jmhdigital.