According to census reports, 16.8 percent of Hawaii residents are living below the poverty line. Hawaii has the sixth highest rate of poverty in the United States, with 1 in 8 people facing food insecurity. Hope Chapel Kahuku, a local Christian church, operates a food ministry with the intent of serving God by serving others. On the fourth Monday of every month, families in the community are provided with food items, clothing, and home goods through the Hawaii Foodbank.

BYUH students and other community members have the opportunity to give back to their community by volunteering at the food bank. The project starts at 10 am on fourth Mondays, setting up tents, tables, and chairs in preparation for the service. At 3 pm the food bank opens, and volunteers can help distribute food to the community members who file through, filling baskets and boxes with food to feed countless families.

Sarah, a Math Major at BYUH shared the experience she had serving at the Food Bank this month. “I was so impressed with the Kahuku Food Bank. People brought big laundry baskets and were sent home with those baskets overflowing with fresh vegetables, bread, eggs, and lots of canned goods. Parents were juggling babies on one hip and armfuls of groceries in the other, and we helped them get their things back to their cars. They were so grateful! We also helped flatten and clean up the cardboard boxes as the food was distributed. It was a great experience and not only did I get to serve my community, but I was sent home with a heaping box of fresh food as well. As a poor college student, it was a huge blessing! It goes to show that when you help others, you are helped in return. This community really takes care of one another.”

If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Bank, contact Vili Talanoa at vtalanoa@go.byuh.edu
Or just show up anytime between 10 am and 5 pm on the fourth Monday to volunteer!