As the COVID-19 situation intensifies, Hawaii Foodbank is facing an unprecedented challenge of providing food for people affected by the pandemic while continuing to meet the nutritional needs of one in eight Hawai‘i residents already struggling with food insecurity.
The current pandemic has closed schools and community centers, creating a gap in meals for countless members of our community. Küpuna, people with chronic conditions and those with compromised immune systems face higher risks in public places.
There are three ways that the Foodbank is asking the community to help:
Volunteer – Volunteers are needed to inspect, sort and pack food in the warehouse. Individuals who do not face higher risks for COVID-19 can sign up to volunteer online at http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/volunteer.
Donate – Food donations are always welcome. But because the Foodbank is a nonprofit organization, it has the ability to buy at a lower cost than individuals. So your monetary donation will go farther than donating purchased food.
Virtual food drive – Donate food with the Foodbanks “virtual shopping cart” with items they need the most. This allows the community to donate some of the most needed items without leaving home. Go to the website http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive to access the “virtual shopping cart.”
For the latest information, visit the website www.hawaiifoodbank.org.