Giving food to a hungry person is the most basic form of kindness. It is, quite simply, the least that we can do to help our neighbors in need. In a country blessed with tremendous abundance, turning away those who are hungry is scandalous. Yet 1 in 7 Americans are struggling with hunger.
The District of Puna on the Big Island has some of the highest poverty rates in Hawaii County. Over 80% of the students attending Puna schools qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program.
Neighborhood Place of Puna is committed to feeding the hungry in our community and working to end hunger and food insecurity.
Neighborhood Place of Puna provides food to just under 500 individuals a month, 40% of whom are children. We are the only on-call emergency food pantry in East Hawaii that provides food assistance five days a week. Households can receive one box of emergency food a month. Often we are able to provide basic hygiene supplies as well: soap, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine products, etc.
We also work very hard to connect households that come to us for food, with our Family Strengthening Program or other resources in the community.
Running a successful food pantry is hard work. We have one paid staff person and several volunteers that make it possible to feed those who come to us for help. Nevertheless, we need your help.
Please help us feed the hungry in Puna with a donation.
Give A Box of Food
$20 to provides one Food Pantry box to feed a family of 4 for a whole week. Make a one-time donation or pledge a monthly donation and help us feed Puna families in need.