WEST MAUI - Feed My Sheep, the largest nonprofit direct distributor of food to those in poverty on Maui, has received amazing support from the West Side, said CEO and Executive Director Joyce Kawakami.
A refrigerated truck was donated by an anonymous donor from West Maui. This truck couldn't come at a better time, Kawakami said, with West Side restaurants and farms donating fresh food to underprivileged Maui residents in an effort to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.
Kawakami noted that Duke's Beach House donated $1,471 plus 1,436.5 pounds of food, Hula Grill donated $3,000 and 3,122 pounds of food, and Kimo's donated $2,000 plus 1,769.5 pounds of food. In addition, Leilani's on the Beach, Old Lahaina Luau and Lulu's Lahaina Surf Club and Grill donated 1,410, 210 and 115.5 pounds of food, respectively.
Feed My Sheep Executive Director Joyce Kawakami (left) and volunteers have a new refrigerated truck for deliveries.
More than 700 pounds of local West Side produce has been donated to Feed My Sheep. The partnering farms in West Maui are Local Harvest, Kaihele Farms and Maui Select.
A Kaanapali anonymous donor gave FMS a $5,000 grant to purchase food
"Many families from all walks of life are in need of nourishing food for their families" said Kawakami.
"We are very grateful to the support of our donors - we couldn't do what we do without them. These donations will help our ongoing efforts to make Maui hunger-free."
Feed My Sheep, through highly efficient weekly food distributions island-wide, supplied nutritional food to 7,300 individuals in 2012.
FMS is currently serving 1,400 people weekly, offering not only nutritional sustenance but also spiritual support and prayer.
For more information, visit www.feedmysheepmaui.com.