The Salvation Army Family Services Office Distributes Food to Palolo Families Amid Pandemic

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Salvation Army staff with truckload of food bags

The Salvation Army Family Services Office (FSO) in Honolulu regularly offers food assistance through the food pantry and conducts outreach to deliver food to communities in need. Amid the pandemic, FSO, which is in The Salvation Army Kauluwela Corps Community Center, has expanded their reach and pantry; pantry shopping hours are now Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. FSO will also be conducting food distribution to communities in need on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Salvation Army volunteer carrying bags of food to Palolo Homes Residents

Salvation Army volunteer carrying bags of food to Palolo Homes Residents

During distribution on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, FSO staff and volunteers loaded a Salvation Army box truck with 600 bags of food for door-to-door delivery. These bags were handed out to 300 households in Palolo Homes, a private residential neighborhood in Palolo Valley in Honolulu owned by the Mutual Housing Association of Hawai`i that offers low-income and Section 8 housing. Each bag contained enough canned food and fresh fruit to produce 10 meals.

As volunteers walked from house to house, families could be seen looking toward the Salvation Army truck from their homes, anxiously awaiting volunteers to reach their door. Many shouts of “aloha” and “mahalo” were heard; one resident broke down in tears as she received the food.

“The food bags filled a need in the community” says Dahlia Asuega, Resident Services Manager of Palolo Homes. “It was especially impactful now, amid the pandemic. Families were so appreciative. It made them very happy during this time of uncertainty.”

Throughout the islands, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands is providing food, emergency assistance, financial assistance, and basic needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To support relief efforts click here

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