Team­work Helps Feed Hun­gry At Aloha Har­vest’s ‘Fill The Truck’

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / APRIL 1, 2015 / PAGE 3 -

A team ef­fort Feb. 14 at t he Ka­pahulu Safe­way store helped the small Aloha Har­vest staff to a suc­cess­ful third an­nual Fill the Truck col­lec­tion drive.

Part­ner­ing with vol­un­teers from Kaiser High’s In­ter­act Cl u b , Hands Help­ing Out, Air Force squadrons and in­di­vid­ual donors, the non­profit was able to lit­er­ally fill its truck with 1,435 pounds of dry goods and raise more than $2,000 from Safe­way shop­pers to feed the hun­gry.

“Vol­un­teer­ing for Aloha Har­vest is so sat­is­fy­ing and re­ward­ing,” said Air Force Mas­ter Sgt. Dameon Launert, “be­cause of the op­por­tu­nity to give back to our com­mu­nity in a way that so many take for granted. Far too many of our ohana go hun­gry, but Aloha Har­vest r es­cues food that would oth­er­wise go to waste, to feed those in need. “It’s a win-win.” The or­ga­ni­za­tion has been work­ing since 1999 to cul­ti­vate its 280 sources of per­ish­able and non- per­ish­able food — lo­cal ho­tels, restau­rants and dis­trib­u­tors — and now has 175 so­cial ser­vice agen­cies depend­ing on the food it col­lects. A new part­ner this year is Papa John’s Hawaii, which des­ig­nated the Kaimuki-based group as its first Char­ity of the Month. A com­bi­na­tion of pro­mo­tions and ben­e­fit pizza nights helped the com­pany raise more than $700. Left­over pizza from a Papa John’s em­ployee party also was col­lected and shared with a few shel­ters.

To learn more or of­fer help, call 537-6945 or visit alo­ha­har­vest.org.

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