Human Services

Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.

aka HFB   |   Honolulu, HI   |  http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/

Mission

The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry. We work to gather food and support from our communities. We then distribute food through charitable agencies to those in need. Our mission is from the heart, and we will fulfill our mission with integrity, humanity and aloha.

Ruling year info

1986

President & CEO

Mr. Ron Mizutani

Main address

2611 Kilihau Street

Honolulu, HI 96819-2021 USA

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EIN

99-0220699

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hawaii Foodbank works with a network of food partner agencies to nourish, support, and sustain 1 in 8 people in Hawaii. Together - we serve low-income families, the working poor, homeless individuals, disabled veterans, the underemployed and unemployed, and people in need of emergency food assistance. This includes more than 54,000 keiki who are at risk of hunger in our community. Many families in Hawaii must use coping mechanisms for their hunger. This means opting for cheaper, unhealthier food options and skipping meals. To get by, they may even forego other essentials needs like housing, medicine, utilities, education, and transportation. Together, Hawaii Foodbank's network of food banks in our island state work to ensure that no one in Hawaii goes hungry.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food 4 Keiki School & Keiki Pantry Program

Our Food 4 Keiki (F4K) School & Keiki Program targets both unserved and underserved populations. Hawaii’s children are among the largest population in need of food. They are also one of the most vulnerable to the effects of hunger. Research has shown lack of nutrition has a negative effect on children’s: physical development, behavioral and social skills, learning and school performance, health, weight and quality of life. The students at Title 1 schools in Hawaii face these challenges. These children rely on school meals during the week and are at risk of hunger over the weekends, holidays, and school breaks without them. They need nutritious food they can prepare themselves on non-school days when families may not be able to provide meals and snacks. F4K school and keiki pantries serve young students with snacks for immediate consumption while also providing bags of nutritious food to bring home to share with the family.

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
K-12 (5-19 years)

Hawaii Foodbank participates in the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, which provides voucher booklets worth $50.00 to eligible kupuna around the island. Our goal is to provide fresh, nutritious and locally-grown fruits & vegetables for our kupuna. Vouchers are redeemable at with certified farmers (visible certification signage on-site) at participating farmers' markets during Spring and Summer. Applications for program participation are available annually.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Our Food 4 Keiki Feeding Our Future is a summer feeding program for children at risk of hunger. The Foodbank partners with the Sodexo Foundation, University of Hawaii at Manoa and several Foodbank member agencies to serve hot lunches to children on Oahu. Feeding Our Future distributes more than 11,000 meals to over 300 kids, ages 4 through 17.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

Hawaii Foodbank distributes more than 5 million pounds of fresh produce, assorted dry goods, and non-perishable food items through the Ohana Produce Plus Program. The program distributes food to under-served communities where there are higher levels of hunger, homelessness, low-income households or fewer outreach programs that are able to feed those in need. The Ohana Produce Plus Program provided 23,000 people on Oahu each month with fresh fruits and vegetables. Each person served represented several family members, meaning the program served more people than actually reported. The Ohana Produce Plus Program continues to seek partner agencies that will “close the gaps” and service communities where distributions are fewer and further apart. The challenge is identifying agencies that have the capacity to host a regular public food distribution providing the amount of fresh produce and other food products needed to serve the hungry in those communities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Hawaii Foodbank's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), also known as the senior food box program, distributes monthly food boxes to improve the health and mental status of low-income kupuna. The boxes contain between 30 - 35 lbs of shelf-stable items such as canned meats and meals, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, non-fat dry milk, cereal, juice, pasta/rice, etc., along with a block of cheese.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

Awards

Best Places to Work 2009

Hawaii Business Magazine

Best Places to Work 2010

Hawaii Business Magazine

Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2010

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2011

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2012

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2013

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2014

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2015

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2016

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2017

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Highest 4-Star Rating for Sound Management 2018

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of produce distributed

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

"The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry. We work to gather food and support from our communities. We then distribute food through charitable agencies to those in need. Our mission is from the heart, and we will fulfill our mission with integrity, humanity and aloha."

Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and nonperishable food through a network of charitable food partner agencies. Our organization forms a vital link with food donors, charitable agencies and the hungry in Hawaii by collecting, inspecting, storing and distributing donated and purchased food. We serve Oahu and Kauai directly while partnering with The Food Basket to serve Hawaii island and Maui Food Bank to serve Maui County. Together we work to ensure that no one in our Hawaii ohana goes hungry. Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed 12 million pounds of food warehouse locations on Oahu and Kauai. Of the total amount distributed, including 3 million pounds of fresh produce. Hawaii Foodbank has served the people of Hawaii for more than 35 years. Whether providing supplemental food to struggling working families, supporting the food needs of our most vulnerable keiki and kupuna generations, feeding the needy, or distributing emergency food, Hawaii Foodbank is there to stand in the gap to help rebuild lives and give hope for a better tomorrow.

Hawaii Foodbank accomplishes its mission each year through the strategic initiatives implemented and the committed hard work of its people who are dedicated to feeding Hawaii's hungry. Working with the staff of about 50 staff on Oahu and Kauai is our ohana of volunteers. The Hawaii Foodbank ohana of volunteers generously gives of their time to help fulfill our mission of providing hunger relief. Thousands of volunteers are involved in special events, community projects, warehouse operations, donated food sorting and inspections, agency programs, emergency food distributions, and administrative work. Mahalo to our volunteer board members, community groups, and individuals for donating more than 24,000 hours of volunteer service hours last year.

Hawaii Foodbank helps provide food for 1 in 8 people in Hawaii annually, including more than 54,000 keiki (children). Last year, Hawaii Foodbank partnered with nearly 200 member agencies, distributing 12 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of fresh produce. Dedicated agency staff and volunteers assembled and distributed food bags, prepared and served meals, and organized community-wide food distributions across Oahu and Kauai. Hawaii Foodbank is an active member of Aloha United Way and Kauai United Way's safety net and participates in the 2-1-1 information, resource, and referral line. Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America - the nation's largest and most comprehensive domestic hunger-relief organization, encompassing a network of 200 food banks across the county.

Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of The Perryman Group said, "Unlike many social problems, hunger involves a relatively simple answer. If people are provided food, the problem is solved. While the underlying causes certainly need to be addressed, the major harms can be avoided in a straightforward manner." <br/><br/>Through the Ohana Produce Plus program and its other food distribution programs, Hawaii Foodbank helps stem the social costs of hunger in our community. These preventative measures are an investment into Oahu's economic vitality. <br/><br/>But more than that, receiving healthy, nutritious food can benefit a family's ability to free up financial resources. Feeding America's Colleen Callahan sums it up this way, "Food pantries across the country free up families' groceries budgets, so they can use the money they do have to pay bills, go to school, and receive medical care. When you think of it that way, it's amazing how far donating a simple meal can go. A simple meal could be all a working family needs to pay that bill that enables them to stay afloat so they can keep sailing towards a brighter future. A simple meal is so much more than food - it's a gift that could change lives."<br/><br/>We will not rest as long as there are hungry islanders in Hawaii. Hawaii Foodbank, its staff, volunteers, and donors are committed to collecting, inspecting, storing, and distributing food until hunger is abolished.

Financials

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Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Moken

Hawaiian Airlines

Term: 2018 -

Neill Char

First Hawaiian Bank

Scott Gamble

LH Gamble Company

Terri Hansen-Shon

Terri Hansen & Associates

Christina Hause

Kaiser Permanente

Peter Heilmann

Matson

David Herndon

HMSA

Charlie King

King Auto Center

Jennifer Lam

Bank of Hawaii

Reggie Maldonado

Pasha Hawaii

Michael Miller

Tiki's Grill & Bar Waikiki

Darin Shigeta

American Savings Bank

Larry "Keola" Siafuafu

Hawaiian Electric Company

James Starshak

Community Volunteer

Toby Tamaye

AT Marketing

Mark Tonini

Hawaii Foodservice Alliance

Jeff Vigilla

Chef Point of View

James Wataru

United Public Workers Union, AFSCME

Jason Wong

Sysco Hawaii

Denise Yamaguchi

Hawaii Wine & Food Festival

Lauren Zirbel

Hawaii Food Industry Association

Charlie King

King Auto Center

Timothy Mason

Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church

Jeff Moken

Island Air

Jeff Moken

Island Air

Jeff Moken

Island Air

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/09/2020

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Keywords

Hawaii, Hunger, feeding, food, meals, food bank, foodbank, Oahu, Kauai, families, children, seniors, elderly, keiki, kupuna, health, safety net, nutrition