After the devastating wildfire disasters across Maui, Hawai’i Foodbank continues to have a significant impact in getting fresh food to neighbors in need. With support through donations from local egg farm Villa Rose/Wailua Fresh Eggs, families are able to access nutritious eggs at their local food bank during this time of increased need.
“One in six Hawai‘i residents faces hunger daily. With the recent wildfires on Maui,there is an urgent, growing need for food assistance in our communities,” said Teri Luna, Director of Product Resourcing at Hawai‘i Foodbank. “For families facing hunger, fresh produce and nutritious proteins like eggs are often the first thing to fall off grocery lists – and this is especially true during disasters. This type of support not only helps to provide immediate relief to those impacted by the wildfires, but it also helps families maintain access to the nutritious food we all deserve. We are incredibly grateful to Villa Rose for stepping in to help nourish our ‘ohana.’”
Hawai‘i Foodbank is actively working to support its neighbors on Maui and its partners at Maui Food Bank to provide remote and on-the-ground support to meet the tremendous disaster-related needs across the island. Food, including the donations from Villa Rose, is being provided at several new distribution points and shelters to support survivors in Lahaina and Kula, as well as through the organizations’ regular network of agency partners across the island and state.
“We deeply appreciate the immense generosity of the community and supporters like Villa Rose,” remarked Rich Yust, Executive Director of Maui Food Bank. “With the support of volunteers and partners, we are swiftly distributing food and essential resources as they arrive. The residents of Maui can rest assured that we will stand by them as they recover and rebuild.”
Since the onset of the wildfires, more than 1.3 million pounds of food have been distributed, including 250,000 pounds of fresh produce.
“Our hearts break for our friends, family members and neighbors in Maui who have lost loved ones and homes,” said Michael Sencer, Villa Rose representative. “We have such a deep love and respect for all of our neighbors in Hawai‘i and are eager to help ease the burden they face in the wake of these disasters. We hope to continue donating eggs to hunger relief organizations, and will continue to keep the Maui community in our thoughts during this time.”
The Hawai‘i islands remain mostly reliant on imports for access to fresh protein — over 90% of all eggs consumed in the state come from the mainland. Villa Rose is committed to supporting the island through the continued development of sustainable egg production.
“We are so grateful for those on the front lines of the hunger relief efforts who are working tirelessly to help the people who have been affected by the devastating wildfires across Maui,” says Emily Metz, president and CEO of the American Egg Board. “We’re proud to partner with organizations such as Villa Rose and HATCH, a nonprofit who helped coordinate the donation of these eggs, and will continue to offer our full support in getting nutritious eggs to our neighbors in Hawai‘i who need them the most.”
For more information on Villa Rose Egg Farm/Wailua Fresh Eggs, please visit www.waialuafresheggs.com.