Rotarians from Metro Rotary, Metro Rotaract, and Sunrise Rotary volunteered at an Aloha Harvest massive food distribution event hosted by the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association on Wednesday 29 July. This activity served 700 furloughed Oahu hospitality workers and their families, a group highly affected by the ongoing Pandemic and its ensuing economic damage to the tourism sector.  
The food distribution took place in the Kapolei area, on the grounds of the University of Hawaii, West Campus. The volunteers sorted food into boxes, ensured the efficient distribution of food, and handled the large flow of persons and vehicles. All volunteers practiced social distancing and wore face masks. 

The event was described as extremely moving bringing home the seriousness of how deeply the economic turnout has affected a broad range of hospitality sector employees, “It was humbling, an awakening.” said one of our Rotarian participants.

The event was well planned and efficient, with many volunteers from across Oahu pitching in. One of our Rotarians mentioned how rewarding the event had been and said participating again would be done without hesitation. One of our Rotarian participants expressed “I am glad they reached out to us” and we look forward to continuing our support. 

About Aloha Harvest 
Aloha Harvest is a non-profit food rescue organization that has been serving hungry people in Hawaii for over 20 years. The organization picks up both perishable and non-perishable food from donors which are then delivered on the same day, free of charge, to those in need.  Aloha Harvest is currently the largest food rescue and redistribution organization in the state whose mission is not only to feed the hungry but also to protect the environment and boost the economy. To learn more about Aloha Harvest, visit their website at: