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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 non-perishable food to 250 member agencies as well as food banks on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. The Hawaii Foodbank forms a vital link between the food donors and our member agencies by collecting, sorting, salvaging and distributing almost 12 million pounds of food each year. The Hawaii Foodbank also supports its member agencies through financial and educational assistance.

According to “Hunger in Hawaii 2010”, the Hawaii Foodbank network feeds 183,500 individuals statewide or over 14 percent of Hawaii’s population, including 55,050 children and 11,010 seniors. The Foodbank distributes grocery and household items to other 501(c)3 nonprofit agencies that provide direct services to the needy. These nonprofits are an essential link between the Foodbank and Hawaii's hungry.

Member agencies receive food and other products from our warehouse and distribute them free of charge to people in need including the low-income families, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled and the unemployed. The Hawaii Foodbank also organizes several programs that allow us to reach a wider variety of individuals. 

Please click here to see a complete list of our Member Agencies.

 Food 4 Keiki BackPack Program

From September 2012 through May 2013, 390 students from low-income families at Princess Victoria Kaiulani Elementary School in Kalihi received food through the Food 4 Keiki Backpack Program.


Once a week, students who qualified for the school free or reduced lunch program, received backpacks filled with nutritious and easy-to-prepare foods to take home on weekends when school meals were not available. Backpacks included pasta meals, soups, cereals, fruit, apple sauce and pudding cups, snacks, chocolate milk and fruit juice.

Each year, school administrators consistently report improvements in student attendance, engagement in class and overall behavior:


“Students come to school ready to learn and more attentive.”


“Students are more focused in class.”


“Students look forward to the backpacks every week. Attendance has improved.”


“There are lots of smiling faces.”


“There has been such good attitude from teachers, parents and students.”


The Foodbank distributed 11,389 backpacks through the Food 4 Keiki Backpack Program during the 2012-2013 school year.


Mahalo to our program donors who helped purchase food and backpacks to provide meals to children at risk of hunger. And thank you to our volunteer groups who donated their time and gave from their hearts to prepack the food throughout the school year.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Hawaii Foodbank, in partnership with the State Office of Community Services and the United States Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service, organized the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program from June through November 2012.


The goal was to provide low-income seniors with fresh fruits and vegetables, increase awareness of the benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet and stimulate Hawaii’s economy through local farmers markets.


People targeted for this program were Hawaii residents:

§  60 years or older

§  At or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii

§  Disabled individuals 60 years and under


Qualified seniors were issued a $50 voucher booklet, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, a list of participating farmers markets and dietary guidelines provided by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Nutrition Education for Wellness. Mahalo to our agencies for their help in certifying the seniors and providing interpreters to explain the process throughout.


The Foodbank and partners provided 4,527 seniors with vouchers valued at $226,350 to purchase fresh produce through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.


Seniors redeemed their vouchers for locally grown produce at certified farmers markets operated by the City & County People’s Open Market, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Kaiser Permanente, Makeke Kapolei and Waianae Farmers. Voucher redemptions also helped stimulate the economy by supporting local farmers and farmers markets.

Feeding Our Future

The Sodexo Foundation and the Hawaii Foodbank have partnered over the past nine years to organize Feeding Our Future, a summer lunch program for children at risk of hunger.


Each year, the Sodexo Foundation purchases approximately $25,000 of food for the program. The food is stored at the Sodexo facility, University of Hawaii at Manoa where staff cooks hot meals for pick up by participating Foodbank agencies.


 From June 12 through July 24, 2013, 10,256 lunches

were distributed to 453 children through the Honolulu Community Action Program - Youth Services, Institute for Human Services, KEY Project, Kokua Kalihi Valley Youth & Family Services, the Mutual Housing Association and Princess Victoria Kaiulani Elementary School.


Thank you to the donors for supporting the Foodbank so Feeding Our Future can continue.”

Ohana Produce Plus Program

For 16 years, the Hawaii Foodbank with the help of partner agencies, has continued to collect, deliver and distribute fresh produce and other food to underserved communities on Oahu through the Ohana Produce Plus Program. Communities served have low income households and/or large homeless populations. We work each year to increase community distributions in the North Shore and Windward areas where there are fewer outreach programs to feed the needy.

In 2012 - 2013, the Foodbank and 28 partner agencies distributed over 3.7 million pounds of fresh produce

and over 3.7 million pounds of cereal, meal starters, pasta, rice, baked goods, dairy products, eggs, canned goods, snack foods and beverages.


The Foodbank also organized 378 community distributions on Oahu, an average of 54 a month. Agencies distributed food to 152,376 people, an average of 12,698 people a month. Program outreach extended even further since each person served represented a family household of two or more.


The Ohana Produce Plus Program is for many families, their only source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce distributed through the program provides needed nutrients in their diets and supplements food staples families may afford through store purchases or food stamps.


Last year, the Ohana Produce Plus Program served 20 communities on Oahu through 28 partner agencies.

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