The Sharing Garden
The Sharing Garden production in the 3rd Quarter was disappointing, yielding only 2,387lbs of fruits and vegetables. Our year-to-date total is 11,303 lbs. We attribute this poor result to the extremely wet weather summer months. With the recent drier weather, we are hopeful that production will improve and the hard work of our volunteers will be rewarded with increased yields.
Malama Na Keiki
The Malama Na Keiki (Backpack Program) resumed in Oct. with Holualoa School identifying 42 students (14 families) needing assistance. Our program continues with every other Saturday distribution of dry goods and fresh fruits and vegetables from the Sharing Garden to families for pickup at Immaculate Conception parking lot. The program continues to receive assistance from the Holualoa community, who bring dry goods and vegetables from their ga-dens for our distribution. We want to give a special mahalo to Sundog Bakery for providing 25 loaves of fresh-baked sourdough bread.
Food Pantry & Diaper Drive
Because the number of families requesting aid has rebounded to pandemic levels, we are resuming our monthly Food Drives on the last Monday of each month. Bring donations to Immaculate Conception Church. Or you can leave donations in the baskets at the back of St. Michael’s Church. Contributions of Spam and canned veggies are especially needed.
The Food Pantry distribution is 9-9:45am on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Immaculate Conception parking lot and we need volunteers 8-10 am. If you are interested, please contact Bill Culhane at 339-7470 or BandCCulhane@yahoo.com.
Diaper Drive: Support for the Diaper ministry continues and the needs are constant. Sizes needed this month are again Newborn and Size 4.