WHO ARE WE
Our Feeding the Hungry program is making a difference in more ways than just one: By fulfilling physical needs in our communities and distributing food, clothing, and household items we aim to show everyone they are loved and valued. The people we serve quickly become our friends as we talk story and get to know them each week.We feel heartbroken when they’re sad, we rejoice in their victories, and encourage them as much as possible.
Each week in Hawai’i, thousands of families, seniors, immigrants, mentally challenged, veterans and more furloughed individuals are going hungry. Cutbacks and increased unemployment are just a few reasons for the continuously growing number of people coming to Feeding the Hungry for food assistance. Each week, a team of Surfing The Nations volunteers commit themselves to serving over 2,000 individuals in most impoverished areas on Oahu.
Established in 1998, Feeding the Hungry (FTH) began with delivering food boxes out of a family van to seven families living in Kalihi. Today, the FTH Kalihi distribution provides food for approximately 600 families each week. Many of our recipients come from nearby public housing, senior care homes, foreign countries, or are living on the streets of Honolulu. Regardless of where they come from, when STN provides this weekly amount of food, we help to eliminate the stress that comes with financial burdens that all our recipients share.
STN distributes food provided by the Hawaii Food Bank and Aloha Harvest.
WHO WE WORK WITH
Each of our distribution programs seems to naturally cater to different demographics of people. For instance: our Kalihi program- the oldest and largest distribution- sees mostly immigrants from Southeastern Asia and Polynesian islands. Among the large crowds there are many homeless and working poor native to Hawaii as well. In Wahiawa, we are in service to many more that are native to the Hawaiian Islands and those who are battling addictions and lack of opportunity. On the west side we mostly work with the homeless community.
NEEDS AND FUTURE PLANS
One of the goals of the FTH program is to build friendships with the people in the outskirts of Wahiawa who are often overlooked because of their aversion to receiving help or lack of the required documents to access resources. Help is limited for those who cannot or will not help themselves. We hope to build friendships with these people, feed the hungry, and give hope. The progress is slow but passion to serve them and the community is great.
The short-term goal of STN is to expand the impact of FTH in each of our locations. The need that FTH is trying to meet is overwhelming and that need grows daily. In order to meet these, STN would like to build a food pantry that can hold 10,000 pounds of food. To be more efficient and to better meet the growing needs of this ministry, FTH’s long-term goals are to build a commercial kitchen, a center for distribution of food, a parking lot and storage facilities. To accomplish the needed changes, financial assistance from outside sources is a necessity. Currently, STN is a 100% volunteer organization but we cannot do it alone. Surfing the Nations and the Feeding the Hungry program need your support.