Credit unions across the state are raising money and collecting food donations for Hawaii Foodbank

Posted by Laurie Okawa-Moore
on "August 03, 2022 8:39 am"

From August 1 through September 30 Hawaii credit unions—under the banner Credit Union Coalition— are actively increasing awareness of food insecurities in our communities and fundraising to help Hawaii Foodbank and its neighbor island partners fill its pantries. 

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Last year, the Credit Union Coalition surpassed its $50,000 monetary goal and raised just under $70,000. This year’s monetary goal is $100,000. The non-perishable food collection goal is 20,000 pounds, double the amount from last year.

Hunger knows no bounds. It does not discriminate based on occupation, background, race, religion, political affiliation, or any other demographic factor.

For nearly 40 years, Hawaii Foodbank and its network of charitable partners have distributed millions of pounds of fresh produce, baked goods, and other foods to underserved communities, feeding 1 in 6 Hawaii residents, including more than 54,000 children.

The need for food is greater now more than ever. Prior to the crippling effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, Hawaii Foodbank spent $400,000 per year on food purchases. It distributed 12 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of fresh produce. The effects of the pandemic became evident in fiscal year 2020 when the amount spent on food purchased increased to $500,000 per month, plus food distribution increased 50 percent.  Fiscal year 2021 saw an additional 40 percent increase in food distribution.

Missed the Credit Union Coalition Kickoff Meeting? View it here! 

It's not too late to participate:

  • Set up your credit union fundraising web page.
  • Set a goal for your credit union
    • Share fun facts about donations— e.g., $10 helps provide food for 25 meals. The Foodbank contact person is the best resource for this information.
    • Have visual progress on the campaign. Create a large barometer sign and post it where your members and staff can see your progress.
    • Take pictures of members and staff donating and share on your social media.
  • Stage a safe, designated area to collect food. Choosing a high-traffic visible area lets people know where they can donate. Consider decorating your donation area to a theme selected by your team
  • Involve your staff. Create a committee with your staff, community leaders, neighboring offices, etc. Consider hosting a kick-off and keep your team energized.
  • Spread the word through your social media, newsletters, emails, etc.
  • Celebrate the hard work and efforts of your team. Let them know how they made a difference in the lives of your members and community.
  • Share your progress with your League! Email your event photos to Laurie Okawa Moore for publication.

If you have any questions, please email Tracy Aiwohi at the League or call 808.941.0556 or toll-free 888.331.JOIN.

Take advantage of free marketing assets to promote your fundraising efforts. Click on the links to download full-sized versions.

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