Hawaii Foodbank receives $6,000 grant to fight childhood hunger

Hawaii Foodbank receives $6,000 grant to fight childhood hunger

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Foodbank received a $5,000 grant and the Maui Food Bank a $1,000 grant from Safeway Hunger Is to help alleviate childhood hunger in Hawaii. The Hawaii Foodbank, a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, was nominated to receive this grant by Safeway store managers from:

  • Aiea
  • Kailua
  • Ewa Beach
  • Kapolei
  • Hawaii Kai
  • Lahaina, Maui

The grant was made possible by customers who contributed generously during a month-long, in-store Spring fundraiser.

Hunger Is, the joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) featuring Academy Award®-nominated actress and Hunger Is Ambassador Viola Davis -- raised more than $4.6 million from shoppers throughout 1,300 Safeway stores across the country, as well as online contributions to help eradicate childhood hunger in the United States.

Hunger Is gave local store managers the opportunity to award a grant to a nonprofit of their choice and help make a difference in their own community. The $5,000 Hunger Is grant for Oahu will support Feeding Our Future 2015, the Foodbank annual summer lunch program for children at risk of hunger. From June 9 through July 18, 2014, the Foodbank and program partners fed 430 children 8,690 lunches. With support from partners like the Safeway and Entertainment Industry Foundations, the Foodbank is able to help feed nearly 48,000 children statewide annually.

"We're grateful to receive the Hunger Is grant and the recognition of Safeway managers for our commitment to child hunger-relief," said Foodbank Vice President & COO Polly Kauahi. "It's imperative the children in our communities have basic necessities like food in order to succeed, and this grant will most certainly make a difference. We thank everyone who donated to the campaign – together, we are solving hunger."

To learn more about the Hunger Is campaign, click HERE.

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About the Hawaii Foodbank:

The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency on Oahu that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and nonperishable food to help feed Hawaii's hungry. Donated and purchased foods are distributed to over 200 member agencies on Oahu and Kauai. Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed over 13 million pounds of food including over 4.4 million pounds of fresh produce to those needing emergency food assistance in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Foodbank is the state's only affiliate of Feeding America, the national Food Bank Network comprising more than 200 food banks across the country. The Feeding America affiliation is one we proudly share with the Hawaii Foodbank - Kauai Branch, the Maui Food Bank and The Food Basket on Hawaii island.

The Hawaii Foodbank is a partner agency of Aloha United Way and Kauai United Way, an integral part of Hawaii's safety net serving people in need.

To learn more about the Hawaii Foodbank or place a secure online donation, please visit www.hawaiifoodbank.org.

About Hunger Is:

Hunger Is, a joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes.

Through the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC), Hunger Is works together with the leading hunger organizations including Drexel University, Center for Hunger-Free Communities; Feeding America; Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); New York City Coalition Against Hunger; Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign; and WhyHunger. The HIAC provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Safeway Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.

For more information, visit www.HungerIs.org.

About The Safeway Foundation:

Founded in 2001, The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers' lives. Safeway stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees' passion and partnerships with our vendors.. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have invested $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about The Safeway Foundation, visit www.safewayfoundation.org.

About Feeding America:

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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