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O‘ahu Free Food Pantry Risks Closure Unless a New Home is Found

Salvation Army USA West / Flickr
Salvation Army USA West / Flickr

One of O‘ahu’s largest assistance food pantries could shut down if it doesn’t find a new home in the next few months.

Feeding Hawaii Together
Credit Feeding Hawaii Together

For nearly two decades Feeding Hawai‘i Together has provided free goods and food on a daily basis to around 400 clients living below the poverty level.

The food is provided mostly by Hawaii Food Bank, Aloha Harvest, hotels, and other corporate and private donors.  Once approved, clients are allowed to essentially shop for goods they otherwise couldn’t afford.  Organizers say providing food for people who live in affordable housing helps them focus their resources on rent… ultimately keeping them off the street.  It also gives them hope. 

But the landlord of its 19,000 square foot location in Kaka‘ako has decided to sell the building-- giving them until December to move.  Feeding Hawai‘i Together Executive Director Charlie Lorenz says it’s not the fault of his landlords, adding that they have been the most gracious hosts.  Lorenz says they are looking for a new space in the area… but are willing to relocate if it’s near a bus line.

More information… or to help the organization… visit FeedingHawai‘iTogether.Org.

(Note: The video is a little dated, but gives a great background into the organization.) 

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