HONOLULU (April 13, 2020) – The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands today delivered 746 bags of canned foods and fresh produce to households in need at Kalihi Valley Homes [sometimes referred to as KAM IV Housing]. Volunteers from Youth With a Mission, along with staff from Kalihi Valley Homes and The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, hand delivered the food bags to nearly every apartment in the complex. The bags included canned protein and vegetables, along with fresh pineapples and sweet potatoes and provided each household with enough food to prepare twenty meals.
“The need is so great and was first identified to us by a youth coordinator with Pacific Voices,” said Anna Stone, Director, Pathway of Hope and Family Services Office for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. “This is the second time The Salvation Army has distributed food to Kalihi Valley Homes so far this month and we expect the demand to continue.”
Stone continued, “The Salvation Army has seen the demand for food outreach services grow from 12,000 a month across the state to 12,000 emergency food boxes and meals-to-go each week, and the needs continue to grow. Food donations, especially protein, are urgently needed to continue feeding programs across Hawaii, like the outreach in Honolulu on Saturday at Ala Moana Center and today at Kalihi Valley Homes. Visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org to donate and to find out details by island, where those in need can find The Salvation Army’s food pantries and meals-to-go programs.”
The Salvation Army announced in March that all Salvation Army officers had been appointed into emergency disaster service roles in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, all Salvation Army facilities shifted to emergency response mode and are being made available to governmental authorities for use as quarantine centers, housing for medically fragile individuals, food distribution locations, coronavirus testing, and any other services as needed. Exact uses will be determined and finalized in the coming days and weeks.
Monetary donations to support the efforts can be made at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or call 808-440-1800.
About The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division
The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia. The Division offers a wide variety of programs throughout the islands including: adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; family stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; and work therapy & rehabilitation services. For more information, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About The Salvation Army