North Shore Food Bank wins first place in Annual Hunger Walk

Jade Eckardt

HALEIWA—For the third year in a row, the North Shore Food Bank won first place in the Hawaii Food Bank’s 2010 Annual Hunger Walk.

Over $109,000 was raised at this year’s Hunger Walk, which benefited Oahu’s food pantries, feeding programs, soup kitchens, “homeless” and abuse shelters, and rehabilitation centers.

The North Shore Foodbank, spearheaded by North Shore News publisher Ron Valenciana, provides emergency non-perishable food supplies to Oahu residents in the North Shore area who meet eligibility requirements. Recipients must meet income eligibility, submit a written application, and attend an interview. Food is distributed on the last Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., as well as a produce distribution on the fourth Friday of every month at the Waialua Community Association, locally known as the “old gym” across from the Haleiwa Post Office.

Not all of the recipients are homeless, according to North Shore News. Many community members who accept food from the food bank are senior citizens on a fixed income as well as working low-income families. The North Shore Food Bank reported that they distributed over 1,000 bags of food last month, each with approximately 10 to 12 cans of food.

Community members can donate food at the North Shore News headquarters, located in Haleiwa at 66-437 Kamehameha Hwy. Suite #210—above the Haleiwa Post Office.

For more information, call (808) 637-6225.