The food bank faces a double pinch – rising cost of food and rising demand for services

By Shanila Kabir

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (KITV) – Hawaii Food Bank officials say they are in a double pinch – as demand for their services is rising as well as the price of the food they distribute.

The CEO and president of the Hawaii Food Bank said the cost of food has risen more than 10% this year.

“We are seeing more and more families showing up at our food distribution sites. Many families have barely made ends meet during the pandemic, but with these economic hardships, they now need help. At the same time, our food prices are rising to provide these free services,” said Amy Marvin, president of the Hawaii Food Bank.

She also said the organization can really stretch $1. Each donated dollar can cover more than two meals.

“What we need to do now is that when we buy food, we need to raise more money than we typically aim to cover these new costs,” said Neill Char, board member of Hawaii Food Bank.

The organization held a rally outside Water Front Plaza – accepting both food and cash donations.

They said another goal they have is food rescue. They urge residents to bring fresh food from home that could go to waste. They also work with local grocery stores to pick up fresh produce.

“It was really great for us to give these groceries to people who need them, especially at this time because when we are shopping for ourselves, everything is really high. The cost of food, gasoline and everything else is high,” said Jonathan Sypert, a food donor.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering with Hawaii Food Bank, visit their website at or call (808) 836-3600.

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