MEDIA RELEASE: The Food Basket Seeks Community Support on #GivingTuesday



November 22, 2016

The Food Basket Seeks Community Support on #GivingTuesday 

On Nov. 29 The Food Basket will participate in the international day of giving through an online fundraising campaign.

Hawai`I Island – The Food Basket, Inc. – Hawai`i Island’s Food Bank is gearing up to launch its #GivingTuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday is an annual movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. Each year, the day falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

The Food Basket, using the not-for-profit fundraising platform, will collect monetary donations to support the mission of feeding those in need on Hawai`i Island.

“Our partners are very busy during this season, and we as The Food Basket are working our hardest to source nutritious food from the community in support of the many holiday meals our agencies provide,” said The Food Basket’s Executive Director, En Young.

Fulfilling needs through giving is such a great source of joy during the holidays, and The Food Basket would like to pay respect to the fact that these needs do not diminish throughout the year.

Funds donated during the #GivingTuesday campaign will provide the means to cover necessities that The Food Basket incurs during the holiday season and throughout the year.

“The shelves at The Food Basket are stocked and needed food items have been given to our partner agencies, who do the good work of providing direct food, whether through pantry or soup kitchen, to those in need this holiday season and year-round,” said Jo Ann Abiley, Hilo Operations Manager.

On a monthly basis, The Food Basket serves 12,000 individuals. It is only through the generous support of the community’s food and financial support, along with the dedication of our partner agencies, that The Food Basket is able to provide hope to so many in need on our island.

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About The Food Basket:

The Food Basket is Hawai`i Island’s only food bank and is an island-wide, supplemental food network that collects and distributes nutritious, high quality food to low income households, the working poor, the disabled, the ill, senior citizens, children’s programs, and other charitable organizations that serve the population. Supplemental food is provided regardless of religious beliefs, gender, or ethnicity.  The Food Basket is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit. To learn more about The Food Basket or to donate funds to help support The Food Basket’s mission, visit

The Food Basket Mission:

The mission of The Food Basket, Inc. is to feed the hungry in Hawai’i County while tending to the root causes of this critical social problem. The Food Basket will accomplish its mission by preventing the waste of all edible food in Hawai’i County, feeding the hungry with this food, educating the community about local hunger and what can be done to solve this social problem, and collaborating with organizations of partnering missions to eradicate the root of hunger and other social ills

Chris Ward