What is Hawaii Foodbank?
The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and nonperishable food through nearly 200 charitable agencies on Oahu and Kauai. 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, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed over 12.8 million pounds of food from our warehouse locations in Oahu and Kauai. Of the total amount distributed, about one-third consisted of fresh produce. We also shipped 115,036 pounds of food to Maui Food Bank.
The Hawaii Foodbank has served the people of Hawaii for over 33 years. Whether feeding the needy or distributing emergency food to survivors of Hurricane Iniki, the Hawaii Foodbank has been there to help rebuild lives and give hope for a better tomorrow.
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Our Pledge to the Community
In 1996, the Hawaii Foodbank was rated Hawaii’s No. 1 charity by Hawaii Business magazine. At that time, 94 percent of all donations fed the hungry. In fiscal year 2010, that same percentage stands as a testament to the financial strength and efficiency of the Hawaii Foodbank. Today, 95 percent of every dollar goes toward feeding the hungry in Hawaii. The Hawaii Foodbank is the only organization in Hawaii that is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Certification means the 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
The Foodbank is also a partner agency of Aloha United Way (AUW) and Kauai United Way. Each year, the Foodbank supports the AUW annual campaign through speaking engagements and donations from its employees. Clients are referred to 211, AUW’s social services hotline whenever food assistance is needed. In addition, members of the Foodbank executive staff contribute their time and expertise on several AUW committees.
As a member of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, the 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, the Hawaii Foodbank won statewide recognition for its contribution to the relief effort. The Hawaii Foodbank was recognized as an important disaster preparedness and response organization for the State of Hawaii.