Food donations piled neatly

Editor’s note June 13, 2022 This message was shared with the faculty and staff of the University of Hawaiʻi: Mahalo for your participation in the 2022 Hawaiʻi Foodbank State Employees Food Drive! The food and money you donated helps eliminate food insecurity for families in crisis and our other neighbors in need.

The University of Hawaiʻi continues to be a leading contributor in monetary contributions ($69,743), which provided food for 156,608 meals, and food donations (7,991 pounds). There are still a few campuses that need to coordinate their pick up, so our numbers will continue to increase.

Thank you again for your continued generosity to the Hawaiʻi Foodbank and to those in our state who benefit from its services.

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The Hawaiʻi Foodbank kicked off its Annual State Employees Food Drive, which runs through May 13, 2022. The issue of hunger continues to be a major challenge facing the community, affecting those most vulnerable, and the University of Hawaiʻi ʻohana is not immune from this issue.

The Hawaiʻi Foodbank’s state employees food drive’s goal this year is to raise $147,000 and 39,000 pounds of food.

The top five most wanted items are:

  • monetary contributions
  • canned proteins (chicken/tuna)
  • canned meals (stew/spaghetti)
  • canned vegetables/fruit
  • rice (five to ten pound bags are preferred)

While monetary and food donations will still be accepted across the 10 campuses, some employees continue to telework and may not physically be on their respective campus. Monetary donations are also being accepted via the Hawaiʻi Foodbank’s online donation page.

In 2021, UH employees accounted for more than $90,000 (which provided food for 204,374 meals) and more than 11,940 pounds of food for the Hawaiʻi Foodbank, making UH one of the largest contributors among all state offices.

We look forward to continuing UH‘s long tradition of support for the Hawaiʻi Foodbank.

Information about this year’s food drive can be found online.

person handing food to a senior
Hawaiʻi Foodbank holds food drive for seniors.