From Jen McGeehan
“Give Aloha”, an annual statewide September fundraiser in honor of Foodland founder Maurice J. (Sully) Sullivan, is slated for September 1 – 30. All Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms locations offer their Makai card customers the opportunity to donate to their favorite participating 501c3 non-profit. A portion of their donation will be matched by Foodland and Western Union Foundation up to a total of at least $300,000 for all organizations combined.
The newly resurrected Pahoa Pantry and Soup Kitchen, under the guidance of New Hope Puna, is participating in the 2015 Give Aloha Program. Supporters can visit any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms statewide, and make a donation or cumulative donations of up to $249.00. Each checkout clerk will make sure the donation is deposited using the designated code number of 78821. And, all donations are tax-deductible!
Thomas Manago, Director for the Pahoa Pantry and Soup Kitchen, shares, “On average, approximately 900 meals are served per month to the residents of Mountain View, Kea’au through Kalapana. They are sustained solely through individual, corporate and fundraisng dollars. Hawaii Island Food Basket serves as one of our major suppliers of USDA meats, rice, canned goods and occasionally fresh produce, with thousands of pounds of food donated monthly.”
The Pahoa Pantry and Soup Kitchen (PPSK) is located in Downtown Pahoa at 15-2710 Kauhale Steet under the Sunday Farmer’s Market tents, and operates solely by community volunteers. Open hours for the Soup Kitchen are Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:30 pm (first come first serve), and the Pahoa Pantry the second Friday of every month.
For further PPSK information please visit www.pahoafeedthehungry.org, or contact Thomas Manago at 808.464.5846 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And, families in need are encouraged to visit PPSK for their food needs.