HONOLULU —Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui presented the April 2014 “Helping to Feed Hawaii’s Hungry Month” proclamation to the Hawaii Foodbank, Maui Food Bank, The Food Basket on Hawaii, and the Hawaii Foodbank-Kauai Branch in recognition of the Food Bank’s 25th Annual Food Drive.
Hunger remains a serious issue in Hawaii and many of our families have to choose between paying their rent and buying food. This proclamation ceremony brought attention to the seriousness of this problem and recognizes that, while food banks on each island have experienced growth over the years, they rely daily on the generosity of many donors and volunteers. Hawaii’s four food banks and their member agencies distribute more than 16 million pounds of food feeding183,500 people statewide each year, including 55,050 children, 11,010 seniors, low-income families, the homeless, the disabled—including veterans, the working poor, people in recovery from substance or domestic abuse, the unemployed and underemployed.