Kroc Center Prepares More than 3,000 Weekly Meals for West Oahu Families

Thanks to a hui of 17 local churches and the office of Representative Adria Tupola’s office, more than 3,000 takeout meals prepared by The Kroc Center Hawaii staff is being distributed to West Oahu families in need.

Kroc center staff holding prepared meals

This network of meal distribution was first developed when the Kroc Center Hawaii reached out to Representative Tupola to determine needs in the Kapolei community that were currently not being met by other organizations, and to identify seniors in the community who required meal delivery. The Kroc Center is taking donated foods from Aloha Harvest and other organizations and utilizing the Kroc Center kitchen and its staff to prepare these frozen meals.

The churches as well as the recipients are overwhelmed with gratitude and are appreciative for the Kroc Center’s work in providing so many meals amid the pandemic. It is Lum’s hope that this network of food distribution will create deeper relationships within the various communities — and in doing so, inspire community members to look after one another.

“The beauty of all this,” says Major Phil Lum, Administrator and Corps Officer for The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii, “is that is that our resources and efforts are not only providing much-needed meals, but we’re also helping these various groups and organizations to care for their own.”

He adds that he expects the needs and number of meals to increase as time goes on. “With families exhausting their own resources,” he says, “and the growing number of folks losing jobs and work hours, we’re expecting more and more requests for help.”

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