The Hawaii Foodbank Mission Statement
“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.”
What is the 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 to 250 charitable agencies on Oahu.
The Hawaii Foodbank 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, including nearly 4 million pounds of fresh produce to help feed 183,500 different people in need statewide.
The Hawaii Foodbank has served the people of Hawaii for 30 years. Whether feeding the needy or distributing emergency food to survivors after Hurricane Iniki, the Hawaii Foodbank has been there to help rebuild lives and give hope for a better tomorrow.
Hunger in Hawaii
According to “Hunger in Hawaii 2010,” the Hawaii Foodbank now feeds 183,500 people statewide or over 14 percent of Hawaii’s population including:
- 55,050 children
- 11,010 elderly
- The homeless
- The disabled who live on fixed incomes
- Low-income families with an average monthly income of $850
- The unemployed
- Those experiencing a sudden loss of health or property
Since we reported results from the last study in 2006, hunger in Hawaii increased over 39 percent. Here are some of the tough choices our co-workers, neighbors, friends and family face each month:
- 32 percent of client households must choose between transportation and food
- 28 percent of client households choose between paying for rent/mortgage or food
- 21 percent of client households served must choose between paying for utilities or food
- 19 percent of client households must choose between paying for medical bills or food
Community donations throughout the year ensure the food continues to flow into our warehouse and out to the people who need it.
Our Pledge to the Community
In 1996, the Hawaii Foodbank was rated Hawaii’s #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, 94 percent of all donations still feed 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 awareness 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 two 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.