To help launch the pantry, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church established a partnership with the Hanalei Bay Rotary during the first two years of set-up and operation. The Rotary generously offered volunteers, financing and business advice. The Food Pantry is now nearly self-sustaining with donations from individuals and foundation grants from across Kauai and from the mainland.
Our Food Pantry continues to store it’s food and supplies in the church’s kitchen and parish hall. After shopping at the local Food Banks, most often on Friday mornings, volunteers arrive at the Parish Hall around 12:30-1 pm to store the food. On Saturdays, workers from the pantry begin the set up for the Saturday shoppers around 1:30 or 2 pm, open the pantry to the public from 3:30-4:30, and then are out of the parish hall around 5 pm. Volunteers come from the church, the Rotary, and the community, including customers who shop each week and likewise want to be a part of serving their neighbors.
With two years of operation under our belt we have finally grown to a size where we are large enough to establish ourselves as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We continue to operate from the current church facility and are steadily raising funds to further expand our reach and continue to grow as a community powered organization.
We are so grateful for the support of all the businesses and members of the community that continue to contribute to our organization each day. Without your help this dream could never have become a reality.