But don’t fret—if you don’t know anyone who goes hungry on a personal level, you can still lend a hand thanks to the organizations that collect and distribute food to those who need it—a moveable feast, of sorts.
As the holiday season approaches, 11,000 residents rely on Maui Food Bank (MFB). Approximately 35 percent of them are kids. In turn, the food bank relies on the compassion and generosity of people like you.
“There is no doubt that families and individuals living in Maui County continue to be affected by the recession,” said MFB Executive Director Richard Yust. “As the poverty level increases, more and more people do not know where their next meal is coming from, and find themselves relying on the MFB to supply food for their daily sustenance.”
MFB, a vital link between food resources and empty stomachs, has already begun its annual Holiday Food Drive. Currently, 7,000 pounds of groceries a day go out the doors of MFB. Last year the organization distributed 1.7 million pounds of supplies.
MFB reaches out to those newly affected by hunger through partnerships with over 100 agencies and programs, including regular food deliveries to Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. But the shelves are pretty bare right now, and the food bank is depending on us to help.
To that end, the Maui Weekly is collecting food for MFB in our office (Ste. 303, South Shore Plaza, Kīhei), and we are also gathering donations of bags of food from our advertising partners who are joining us in this worthy cause.
Community food drives are vital to the mission of the Maui Food Bank, and very easy to do. There are only a few steps you need to take to begin a food drive at your business, school, place of worship, local community group or in your neighborhood. Visit www.mauifoodbank.org and call 243-9500 or 214-9054 to find how you can help.
Cans of tuna, meat, fruit and vegetables, and meals and soups with protein, cereal, rice, pasta and financial contributions are in high demand across the county.