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Raising donations for Hawaii Foodbank, helping our neighbors

Raising donations for Hawaii Foodbank, helping our neighbors

April 23, 2015

The attorneys and staff of Leavitt, Yamane and Soldner are excited to have participated in the Hawaii Foodbank’s recent Annual Food Drive to raise food and money to feed those in need in Hawaii.

As partners with the Hawaii Foodbank, Leavitt, Yamane and Solder collected 819 items of food and $1,501 in cash. With a matching donation from the law firm and an anonymous $5,000 donation, the law firm made a total donation to the Foodbank of $13,821 to help the hungry in our community. We are honored to assist the Hawaii Foodbank in this worthy mission.

The non-profit Hawaii Foodbank collects and distributes large amounts of food through charitable agencies on the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. It serves a vital role in our community.

Consider these statistics about hunger in Hawaii:

• Hunger affects one in 5 people in Hawaii, according to the Foodbank

• 48,000 children in Hawaii are at risk of hunger

• 46,000 elderly are in need of assistance

• Foodbank distributes an average of 844,000 pounds of food a month

The Foodbank serves as a link between food donors, charitable agencies, and people in need. The Foodbank network consists of four food banks: The Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu, the Food Basket on the Big Island, the Maui Foodbank, and the Hawaii Foodbank -Kauai Branch.

Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food, including three million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables dispersed through the Foodbank’s Ohana Produce Program. The food fed 287,000 people.

The most need food items are:

• Canned meats

• Canned meals such as spaghetti, chili, and corned beef hash

• Canned fruits

• Canned vegetables

• Rice

• Financial contributions

The Foodbank operates through a combination of fundraising events, grants, and contributions from the Aloha United Way, Combined Federal Campaigns, and private donations.

The mission statement of the Hawaii Foodbank says, “The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry. ”

It’s a perfect description of the Aloha spirit.

Every day, the Foodbank works to improve the lives of the people of Hawaii. That is a commitment we share at Leavitt, Yamane and Soldner as lawyers who assist people who have been injured and are in need.

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