Maui Food Bank NewsJune, 2014
April 2014 Proclaimed “Helping to Feed Hawaii’s Hungry Month”
Recently Hawaii’s Governor, Neil Abercrombie, and Lieutenant Governor, Shan S. Tsutsui, proclaimed April 2014 as “Helping to Feed Hawaii’s Hungry Month.” The proclamation ceremony was intended to draw public attention to the seriousness of the problems that hungry people face every day, even here in our tropical paradise.
“Helping to Feed Hawaii’s Hungry Month” recognizes that due to financial constraints, homelessness, disability, unemployment, and/or illness, many families in Hawaii are now forced to choose between paying their rent, filling prescriptions, keeping utilities on, and buying food. Many of these families rely on support from organizations such as the Maui Food Bank.
The Maui Food Bank and its affiliated member agencies distribute more than 2 million pounds of food every year, making it possible to feed 10,000 people each month throughout Maui County.
Maui Food Bank’s Executive Director, Richard Yust, was on hand for the ceremony, and the contribution of the Maui Food Bank was recognized by the Lt. Governor, as all kinds of people benefit from the Maui Food Bank, including seniors, low-income families, the homeless, the disabled (including veterans), the working poor, people in recovery from substance or domestic abuse, the unemployed and underemployed. Of those served, fully 40% are children and youth.