what we do
Here at Maui Food Bank
Maui Food Bank’s mission is to help the hungry in Maui County by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships.
We distribute over 2.5 million pounds of safe, nutritious food each year including 500,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Who We Help
The Maui Food Bank is Maui County’s primary safety net for hunger relief. The Food Bank serves 10,000 people a month who are food insecure. Of those served 40% are children and youth. Working with over 120 partner agencies, the Food Bank distributes safe and nutritious food to individuals, families, kids, the working poor, seniors on fixed incomes, the homeless and anyone who is at risk of going hungry. This includes people in need living in the rural communities of Hana, Molokai and Lanai.
To make the best possible use of resources, the Maui Food Bank has developed a unique system of partnerships with over 120 agencies and programs. This collaborative network approach makes it possible for the food bank to operate a comprehensive and efficient, community-wide food distribution program on a surprisingly cost-effective basis.
The Maui Food Bank (MFB) was incorporated as a non-profit in 1994. MFB has continuously and consistently expanded food banking services for the residences of Maui County for 23 years. The MFB is the only nonprofit in Maui County that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of perishable and nonperishable food items to those in need.
How We Operate
Incorporated in 1994, the Maui Food Bank has 14 full-time and part-time staff members. Volunteers contribute significantly to warehouse operations by inspecting, sorting and shelving donated food. The Maui Food Bank operates out of a 9,500 square foot building located in the Wailuku Industrial Park and is fully solar powered.
Running a food bank operation is a labor-intensive endeavor. We collect food on a daily basis from all over the island; most of it is donated, and the rest is purchased at wholesale prices or less. During the year we also ship from the mainland 8 containers of safe and nutritious food to Maui.
Everything we bring in goes through an intake inspection. It is then sanitized, inventoried, and stored until it can be distributed. Food shipments to Lanai and Molokai are also pulled and palatalized in our warehouse.
Each step of the operational process is regulated by strict adherence to the Warehouse Operations Manual, a definitive guide published by Feeding America, a national organization that outlines Good Warehouse Practices, Safety and Sanitation Requirements, and other vital criteria for non-profit food dissemination organizations.
Who We Are
Richard Yust Executive Director
Marlene Rice Development Director
Charity Kaiwi Director Agency Relations
Keith Wright Director of Operations
Judy Franco Accountant/ HR
Chelsey Ham Community Relations Manager
Ashley Gonzales Agency Relations Assistant
Susan Tavares Data Entry Administrator
Erick Acidera Warehouse Coordinator
Brandi Saragosa Driver and Warehouse Staff
Mark Fadem Driver and Warehouse Staff
Paul Doss Driver and Warehouse Staff
Mark Harbison Board Chairman, Broker – Coldwell Banker
Jorge Tirona Treasurer, Sr. Commercial Underwriter — Central Pacific Bank
Jeff Pearson Secretary, Deputy Director, DLNR, Commission on Water Resource Management
Karin Carlson Board Member
Donald Mahoe Jr. Board Member, Teacher — Maui High School
Michele McLean Board Member, Deputy Director of Planning — Maui County
Marsha Sharpe Board Member, Executive Vice President — SongDivision
Vicki Shortell Board Member, Community Volunteer
Donna Smith Board Member, Retired — Community Volunteer
Tom Tezak Board Member, Broker Owner — Wailea Realty Corp.
John Wilkinson Board Member, Attorney — Law Office of John R. Wilkinson, LLLC
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Funding & Financial Accountability
The majority of funding for the Maui Food Bank comes from individuals, businesses, Corporate and Family Foundations. Government grants account for 25% of our budget. Our fundraising activities include direct mail, special events, food and fund drives. In addition, our member agencies contribute a shared maintenance fee for some of the food they select.