The Hawaii Foodbank has grown immensely since then and is now distributing over 12 million pounds per year, including 3 million pounds of produce. Its serves 200 charitable agencies representing 289 feeding programs across Oahu. Member agencies are Hawaii's food pantries, feeding programs for children and the elderly, homeless and abuse shelters, rehabilitation centers and soup kitchens.
These charitable agencies provide food assistance to the low income, elderly, children, homeless, unemployed and those experiencing temporary emergencies each week. The Hawaii Foodbank also distributes to food banks on Hawaii, Maui and Kauai.
The Ohana Produce Program represents a special effort by the Hawaii Foodbank to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to the hunger. Since 1997, our Ohana Produce trucks have delivered produce to sites in Nanakuli, Waianae, and Waialua. More sites have been added in Ewa Beach, Waimanalo, and Kalihi. The Ohana Produce Program distributed 2.6 million pounds of produce last year to provide a healthier, balanced diet to the hungry.
On September 11, 1992 Hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai with devastating force. The Hawaii Foodbank responded immediately by sending 1.5 million pounds of food to relief sites across Kauai. Our contributions to the Iniki relief effort won the Foodbank statewide recognition as an important disaster response organization.
The Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America, the national food bank network. Certification means that our operations and facilities meet national standards for sanitation, food handling, health and safety practices, and inventory management.
In December 1996, Hawaii Business Magazine rated the Hawaii Foodbank as Hawaii's number one charity, with 95% of all donations going to support programs to feed the hungry.
The Hawaii Foodbank is sustained by a combination of private donations, fundraising events, grants and contributions from the Aloha United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns.