August 19, 2020
Local nonprofit partners who are based at the Kukui Center in Honolulu joined together to host a drive thru service fair on August 14th for 100 families. The fair included fresh produce, food, school supplies, books, hygiene products, diapers, and information on available other community resources.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many families in Hawaii are experiencing lower incomes, food insecurity, housing instability, and homelessness. The agencies of the Kukui Center came together ahead of the start of the school year to ensure families are able to access basic necessities as well as ongoing support from the nonprofit partners.
“This pandemic has presented many challenges not only for our clients, but for our community as a whole,” says Family Promise of Hawai’i Executive Director Sam Church. “The drive thru provided a contact-less way to engage with families in need of support.”
The nonprofit partners included Family Promise of Hawaii, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, Hawaii Literacy, Hale Kipa, Kids Hurt Too Hawaii, Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center, Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawaii (LDAH), Aloha Diaper Bank, and We Are Oceania.
“Unfortunately, we’re seeing unprecedented need as a result of the pandemic.” says Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii Executive Director Sunny Chen. “It’s great to come together as a community to support one another.”