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FeedingHawaiitogether.Org, is the largest distributor of free food on Oahu since 2003.
Our services are designed to meet the needs of Honolulu’s working poor as well as the elderly and disabled living on fixed incomes. These are our “clients.” We distribute millions of pounds of canned and perishable goods every year, serving thousands of needy families. We also distribute, free of charge, furniture, appliances and other donated household items.
Living below the poverty line, many of our clients are forced to make difficult choices between purchasing food and paying for rent, utilities or critical medications. We know we are, in fact, preventing homeless through our efforts. Weekly trips to our ‘grocery store’ styled food pantry provides each client with dignity and hope.
FEEDING HAWAII TOGETHER FINDS NEW HOME
The nonprofit is urgently trying to raise $200,000 for the final ingredient—installation of a fire sprinkler system that will allow them to open their doors this fall
Feeding Hawaii Together, Hawaii’s leading food pantry and the largest food distributor for the Hawaii Foodbank, is done shopping for a new home. The nonprofit, which shut its doors in December 2016, recently completed the purchase of a new warehouse space in Kalihi. The funds for the purchase were secured through a city Community Development Block Grant.
Work is now underway to transition the space from a warehouse to be able to use as a food pantry. But in order to open its doors, the nonprofit must install a fire sprinkler system, which will cost $200,000. Feeding Hawaii Together is asking the community’s help to raise the necessary monies for the project and is now accepting financial donations by clicking on the purple section above or on the Donate page in the top menu.
Feeding Hawaii Together is the only food pantry in the state to employ a grocery store-style model, allowing qualifying clients to “shop” for produce, eggs and other fresh foods along with non-perishable items, taking only what is needed. The loss of its services since it closed over a year ago has been dealt a severe blow to seniors and working families struggling with poverty and hunger, which made up the majority of its client base.
“We’re incredibly grateful to receive this city grant which has allowed us to find a new home to help feed our struggling neighbors,” said Charlie Lorenz, executive director of Feeding Hawaii Together. “We were overwhelmed by the community’s support when we were forced to close our doors in 2016 and hope that they will join us in raising the $200,000 we need to begin serving the hungry as soon as possible.”
If the organization is able to stick to its original timeline, Feeding Hawaii Together hopes to be able to reopen its doors this fall.
Prior to closing, Feeding Hawaii Together spent 15 years serving individuals and households living close to the poverty line. In 2015 alone, it distributed more than 3.2 million pounds of food to meet the needs of 53,000 households, including 30,000 seniors and 12,000 children.