We think about hunger a few times every day when we are ready for a meal. We use meals as celebration center points for gatherings with friends and families. Lines at the newest restaurant in town seem to stretch for miles and reservations are impossible for months. And the only time we seem to obsess about food is when we are determined to diet away unwanted pounds.
But, for the one in five people in Hawaii who are hungry, food insecurity means daily stress and anxiety.
It's low-income families trying to put food on the table; disabled veterans struggling with daily life, adults working multiple low-paying jobs and stretching every dollar, and people in need of emergency food assistance.
Hawaii Foodbank and its network of charitable agencies helped to feed more than 287,000 people last year, including more than 46,000 kupuna and nearly 48,000 keiki. For Foodbank clients, it's a difficult life faced with hard choices. 62 percent of Foodbank clients must choose between paying for food and utilities; more than half choose between food and medication; and as our sidewalks, parks, and beaches can attest, nearly half regularly must choose between paying for food or housing.
Hawaii Foodbank distributes more than 50,000 pounds of food each day, more than 1 million pounds each month. Yet even with all of their efforts, there is currently only 18 days of food in Foodbank's warehouse.
Saturday, April 15 is Annual Food Drive Day in Hawaii. Hawaii Foodbank and thousands of volunteers will be at community food drive sites collecting food donations and raising funds As their mission statement says, "The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry."
Join me and Hawaii News Now, and volunteer to help raise one million meals to help feed our friends and neighbors, our ohana. Sign up today at hawaiifoodbank.org.
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