Give by Example
Food Drive Day
On Saturday, Aug. 15, you collectively raised
to help nourish our ‘ohana.
Your gifts may have been delivered “virtually,” but your impact this Food Drive Day couldn’t be more real.
For the past 30 years, Food Drive Day has played an integral role in maintaining our year-round food supply. This year, we went virtual in an effort to prioritize the safety of our communities. Even with the absence of our physical donation sites, your kōkua did not waver.
In less than 24 hours, you collectively raised food for more than 370,000 meals.
This response comes at a critical time. Since the onset of COVID-19, hunger in Hawaii has increased by more than 60 percent. This includes a growing number of high-risk, homebound kūpuna and 1 out of every 4 keiki.
Give by example.Adapt by example.
If you and your family are adequately stocked and would still like to give beyond Food Drive Day. Here's how:
Food Drive Day plays an integral role in maintaining Hawaii Foodbank’s year-round food supply
COVID-19 has forced us to make many pivots this year — particularly we’ve had to purchase more food than ever before. Since March, we’ve purchased more than $5 million worth of emergency food. Keep in mind, our typical annual budget for food purchase is $400,000. We’re grateful that we’ve been able to make these adjustments and maintain the flow of food. However, this level of purchasing isn’t sustainable.
Hawaii Foodbank’s mission depends on donations from the community, and Food Drive Day is paramount to maintaining an adequate supply of food year-round. Donations made each year on Food Drive Day better prepare Hawaii Foodbank for emergencies, hurricane season, natural disasters and other unexpected events like COVID-19. For this reason, we owe it to our community to do everything we can to keep the spirit of Food Drive Day alive this year.
Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center – Costco
Koko Marina Center
McCully Shopping Center
Pearl City Shopping Center
Town Center of Mililani – City Mill
Wai‘anae Mall Shopping Center
Winward City Shopping Center
History of Food Drive Day
History of Food Drive Day
In May 2018, the first-ever School Pantry was installed at Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School. Since then, we have opened a total of 18 School Pantries on Oahu at Ka‘ewai Elementary School, Kamaile Academy, Kipapa Elementary School, Ma‘ili Elementary School, Pu‘uhale Elementary School, Wahiawa Elementary School and Wai‘anae Elementary School. We also launched two additional Keiki Pantries. While not located on Hawaii State Department of Education school grounds, these sites are still actively providing nourishment to hundreds more students on Oahu. The Kalihi YMCA Teen Center serves students from Farrington High School and four Kalihi middle schools, and Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha serves students at neighboring Makaha Elementary School. In 2020, Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch is launching its own School Pantry program – having recently installed School Pantry equipment at ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School, Kilauea Elementary School, Koloa Elementary School, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Kauai High School.
Looking for a stylish way to support Food Drive Day?
How about trying on Hawaii Foodbank’s official Food Drive t-shirt? Order a t-shirt today, and your purchase goes directly towards our mission to end hunger in Hawaii. Proceeds from t-shirt sales allow us to provide more meals and support to the communities we serve.