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May 18, 2015

Think About It: Food Facts and Follow-Up

287,000. That's a big number. And that's how many individual people received food from the Hawaii Foodbank over the past year. That's staggering. One in five people in our state needed assistance. Over 47,000 of those people are keiki. Over 46,000 of those people are kupuna. Really? In this day and age, in our island community, we have so many simple nourishment needs unfulfilled? So no, it's not just people living in tents or people recently down on their luck due to unforeseen economic crises.

It's the mother who just has enough food to make sure her kids are fed, but she still needs some sustenance and gets it at the Foodbank. It's the elderly who simply can't make ends meet after years of toiling here. So what can you do tomorrow? Here's an idea, and it's not costly. The next time you shop, look for those "2-for-1" items, or "buy two, get one free" options. Pick up the extra one and then once a month, bring the non-perishable items to the Foodbank. Canned protein is the number one need. Make it a family project, make it a part of your kids' education when they shop with you- giving to others, helping out smartly, making a difference. You can also donate $5 online at Hawaii, and that five bucks helps to provide 20 meals.

Perhaps through more education, awareness, and empathy, we can tackle this problem ourselves and give people more of the very basics they need to survive. The Hawaii Foodbank often has to buy goods to feed people. What if each of us could stop by just once a month with a bag of goodness to help make a difference? What if we kept a special bag in our car to remind us, so that we pick up an item or three each time we shop? We can do this. Think about it…

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