We’re excited to report that Elite’s Hawaii Foodbank Campaign is off to a great start. Elite launched the campaign last week and we have already raised over $6,000 from 30 contributors towards our goal of $20,000.
As a reminder, the Elite Charitable Foundation will match all contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000, so donations are worth twice as much.
The Foodbanks report that demand is at all-time highs due to the massive unemployment, and their normal sources of free food and labor are limited due in part to the shutdown of Hawaii’s restaurant industry. They really need financial help to feed all the hungry in Hawaii.
We ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Elite Charitable Foundation's Hawaii Foodbank Campaign.
Hawaii Food Bank spent $640,000 for COVID-19 relief in March and $500,000 was projected for April. 1.4 million pounds of food distributed in March and 1.75 million pounds projected for April. Hawaii Food Bank reports a 30% increase in need and rising demand following the statewide stay-at-home order. With more than 200,000 unemployment claims since March, local families face a loss of income and unprecedented hardship. Hawaii has the highest unemployment rate in the country, we went from one of the lowest to the highest at nearly 40% due to our reliance on visitor and tourism spending. It appears as though it will not improve in the near term, May and likely not in June either – a dire situation.