The annual Hawaii Foodbank Meals Drive goes digital

Hawaii Foodbank announced today that it will be holding this year’s Food Drive Day virtually on August 15th, after consulting local health officials.

Since the pandemic began in March, Hawaii Foodbank has purchased more than $ 4.75 million worth of emergency food, compared to its typical annual budget of $ 400,000.

“The recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Hawaii has raised great concern about the uncertainties surrounding the virus and we believe this is the best way to address this during this global pandemic,” said Ron Mizutani, President and Hawaii Foodbank CEO. “We’re sorry we can’t hold our flagship fundraising event in person this year, but we’re excited to offer community members three new and creative ways to help.”

People can help in the following ways:

>> Donate virtually: Hawaii Foodbank’s new Virtual Food Drive allows individuals to donate some of the items they most need while keeping extra groceries on grocery store shelves for their neighbors.

>> Advocate: People can get the word out by tagging @HawaiiFoodbank and using the hashtag #GiveByExample.

>> Donate Online: Hawaii Foodbank’s affiliation with Feeding America enables the organization to keep expanding the dollars. A US $ 10 donation will help provide for 25 meals.

Hawaii Foodbank launched its first Food Drive Day over 30 years ago to ensure there was enough food to feed the Hawaiian community. For more information, visit hawaiifoodbank.org/food-drive-day.

For more information, call 836-3600.

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