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About Hawaii Foodbank

Our mission is to nourish our ʻohana.

Mission Statement: The people of Hawaii are one ʻohana. 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.

How We Nourish Our ‘Ohana

Where Our Food Comes From

Hawaii Foodbank operates out of two locations: our 23,668 square-foot warehouse on O‘ahu and our 4,750 square-foot warehouse on Kaua‘i. Both warehouses are AIB inspected and certified for food safety. In our warehouses — we receive, inspect, sort, store, and distribute a variety of food.

We receive food from food manufacturers and growers, food purchases, food retailers and wholesalers, Feeding America, individual and corporate food drives, and federal food commodities.

Preparing Food for Distribution

Volunteers and staff at our warehouses help prepare food for distribution. They inspect dry food and produce by checking the integrity of the food products, sorting categories and boxing items for warehouse storage. This helps prepare food for quicker and more efficient distribution to those in need.

Once food is ready to distribute to our food partner agencies and programs, our fleet of vehicles loads and distributes food safely throughout O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

Delivering Nourishment – and Hope

Hawaii Foodbank partners with more than 200 food partner agencies on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. Our food partner agencies are the most significant distribution avenue in our network – serving food in a variety of ways depending on the needs of their communities. These include food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic abuse shelters, rehabilitation centers and more.

Together, we distribute food through feeding programs like ‘Ohana Produce Plus, Food 4 Keiki and federal commodity programs.

Equal Food Access for All

Our Pledge to the Community

At Hawaii Foodbank, we believe in equal access for all.

Hunger knows no bounds. It does not discriminate based on occupation, background, race, religion, political affiliation or any other demographic factor. As such, Hawaii Foodbank's pledge to the community includes embracing every member of our ‘ohana. We are committed to helping individuals stand up for their own dignity by providing equal access to healthy food – which, ultimately, can sustain hope for a better tomorrow. We will continue to work diligently to eliminate the stigma surrounding hunger in our communities.

There is no shame in receiving food because everyone deserves a seat at the table.


in Hawaii

The Rising Need

Due to COVID-19, the number of people in need of food assistance has grown significantly. We are working to distribute food to more households than ever before.

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of Hawaii Foodbank

37 Years of Service

Since 1983, Hawaii Foodbank has pioneered many successful models aimed at ending hunger in Hawaii. See how your support has contributed to our growth over the years.

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of Our Mission

Providing Hope

We hear stories of people getting back on their feet because they could count on Hawaii Foodbank for safe food access. Read their stories on our Hunger Blog.

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The Official Food Bank of the State of Hawaii

Hawaii Foodbank is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency that provides food assistance to the state of Hawaii. We serve O‘ahu and Kaua‘i directly while partnering with The Food Basket to serve Hawaii County and Maui Food Bank to serve Maui County. Together, we work to ensure that no one in our entire Hawaii ‘ohana goes hungry.

Nationwide Support and Accountability

Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America – the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, encompassing a network of 200 food banks across the United States. Certification means Hawaii Foodbank is held to the highest standards for food handling, storage and distribution, financial management, organizational stability, board governance, and more.

Hawaii Foodbank is also a proud partner agency of Aloha United Way and Kaua‘i United Way.

In observance of Presidents’ Day, our warehouses will be closed Monday, Feb. 21. If you are in need of emergency food assistance, please call 2-1-1 for Aloha United Way.

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