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
Ensuring there is always enough food to feed our communities is an ongoing challenge, and we are constantly exploring creative ways to match supply with demand. That's how Food Drive Day was born. Thirty years ago, Hawaii Foodbank launched the inaugural Food Drive Day at Restaurant Row to help gather more food for Hawaii’s hungry. The community embraced our humble event and it ultimately grew into the highly anticipated, annual fundraising effort it is today.
Over the past three decades, Food Drive Day has grown to unite businesses, organizations, groups and individuals all over Hawaii in one common cause – nourish our ‘ohana. Food Drive Day now holds collection sites all over Hawaii, as well as fosters more than a dozen unique Food Drive Coalitions. These Coalitions consist of companies and organizations within the same industry, and they work together to gather food and raise funds on behalf of Hawaii Foodbank in the months leading up to Food Drive Day.
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.