As the primary safety net for hunger relief, the Maui Food Bank has been a pillar in the Maui Nui community since 1994; their mission is to help the hungry by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships. The Maui Food Bank works with over 120 partner agencies to distribute safe and nutritious food to the community.
Before COVID-19, the Maui Food Bank served approximately 10,000 food insecure people per month, this including individuals, families, kids, the ‘working poor’, seniors on fixed incomes, the homeless, anyone who is at risk of going hungry in Maui County, including those in rural communities of Hana, Molokai and Lānaʻi. During COVID-19, the number of people served per month has tripled at some of the regional distribution sites, and the amount of food distributed has exceeded 500,000 pounds per month.
The Maui Food Bank has been able to partner with over 14 local farmers across the county to purchase fresh local produce to be distributed out into the community. They were also able to work with a distributor on Oʻahu to receive CSA-style Farm to Families Food Boxes to distribute local produce, meat and dairy.
The Maui Food Bank has truly been the primary safety net for hunger relief during this time when it has become exceedingly apparent that our food system is broken in Hawaiʻi. They are just one piece in the puzzle for solving food insecurity, but the Maui Food Bank, all of their partner agencies and volunteers are still feeding the community at large everyday. Because of the growing need they are still seeking donations and support. The Maui Nui Community is strong and resilient and a shining example of this strength is the Maui Food Bank filling the need to feed the community during this time of hardship.
Please donate to the Maui Food Bank and consider doing a virtual food drive. For more information on the HEAL Coalition for Maui, Molokai and Lānaʻi, please contact the HEAL Community Coordinator Lauren Loor at firstname.lastname@example.org.