Toiletry donations to support University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students in need are being collected through May 12. In fall 2018, the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Office of Student Life and Development, Campus Center Board and Student Activity and Program Fee Board collaborated to create Food Vault Hawaiʻi, a food pantry dedicated to assisting students facing food insecurity, starting with non-perishable food and toiletries.
Food Vault Hawaiʻi and the Office of Student Life and Development are continuing the initiative for UH Mānoa students through their Spring Toiletry Drive.
“We are grateful for any and all donations to Food Vault Hawaiʻi,” said Raiyan Rafid, Student Life associate at the Office of Student Life and Development. “These donations ultimately support UH Mānoa students and help them succeed in school. For students who are experiencing food insecurity or need toiletries, we highly encourage you to utilize our services.”
Students, faculty, staff and the community may drop off donations of the following items to the Student Life and Development Office, located at Campus Center Room 208.
- Dental care products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash)
- Shower products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash)
- Shaving products (razor, shaving cream)
- Period products (pads, tampons)
- Individually wrapped toilet paper
The community may also donate items at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. A collection location has been set up in their chapel.
Hawaiʻi Foodbank partnership
The Spring 2023 Toiletry Drive will coincide with the Hawaiʻi Foodbank drive that began on April 3. Food Vault Hawaiʻi encourages the campus community to donate food and monetary donations to support the Hawaiʻi Foodbank’s efforts and any toiletry donations to them during the ongoing drives.
“So far this semester we have received over 16,000 pounds of food (22 pallets) from the Hawaiʻi Foodbank for our monthly event, Food Drop @ the Campus Center Courtyard, that is open to all,” said Bonnyjean Manini, faculty director of Student Involvement and Leadership Development and interim director of Office of Student Life and Development. “We provided food to close to 300 participants at each Drop, with 95% of the participants identifying as our UH Mānoa students.”