(KITV) Local food pantry sees increase in demand during COVID-19 pandemic


A food pantry that opened up in Kalihi during the pandemic in April is seeing an increased demand from the community. It’s called The Pantry by Feeding Hawaii Together and its executive director Jennine Sullivan, says they serve about 11,000 people per month.

It follows a unique grocery store format and everything is fulfilled at its 13,000 ft. warehouse. Sullivan says The Pantry is the only online food distribution program in the nation and uses an e-commerce food ordering form.

Eligibility for The Pantry’s services must have an income that does not exceed 185% of the poverty level for Hawaii. People can register for services by going online and filling out a form. After registration, clients can shop online on its website.

How it works is residents choose the food they need, the organization will prepare the orders. Because of the pandemic, contact-less drive through pick-up is available. Every order is packed by a volunteer and the organization reports there’s a need for more.

For the holidays, The Pantry is preparing a special giant turkey legs meal and stuffing for more than 800 families.

If you’d like to help, visit https://thepantry.org/ for more information.

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