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Mayor Blangiardi was joined by (from left) Hawaiʻi Foodbank president and CEO Amy Miller, Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke, Councilmember Calvin Say, Councilmember Matt Weyer and Council Chair Tommy Waters during a news conference at Honolulu Hale.

HONOLULU – Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Wednesday officially relaunched the City Employees’ Hawai‘i Foodbank Food and Fund Drive, which had been paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City and County of Honolulu is working hand-in-hand with the State of Hawaiʻi, which is holding a coinciding food drive, to bring awareness to the issue of hunger in our communities. Together, the City and State aim to raise a combined 500,000 meals.

Residents of Oʻahu are also invited to participate by dropping off donations to Honolulu Hale, Kapolei Hale, Satellite City Halls and Honolulu Fire Department stations around the island through May 17.
“Hunger is something that none of our family and friends should ever have to face but, unfortunately, it is all too common. In fact, one out of six Hawaiʻi residents are food insecure, including one in four keiki,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “Today, as a united team, we are doing something to confront that issue. We are sending a powerful message that our more than 10,000 City workers are willing to step up and help our communities in their time of need.”

“I’m excited to see the City bringing back the City Employees’ Hawai‘i Foodbank Drive,” said Honolulu City Council Chair Tommy Waters. “Our City employees have big hearts and epitomize the true spirit of aloha. We must stand united in our endeavor to progress towards a future where every individual in Hawai‘i has equitable access to safe, nutritious, and adequate food all year round. ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia — no task is too big when done together by all.”

Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke was on hand at today’s news conference to celebrate the teamwork between the State and the City to address the hardships that many residents face across the state. Amy Miller, president and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Foodbank, pointed out that monetary donations are preferred because of the Foodbank’s buying power; $1 can purchase more than two meals, while one pound of donated food translates to about one meal. However, all donations are welcomed, appreciated and impactful.

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