Aloha Harvest Reaps $75,000

In the relationship between those who give and those who are in need, one link is often forgotten: those who move the donation between the two parties.

From its base in Kaimuki, Aloha Harvest serves as that crucial middleman for many groups on Oahu, and it recently received a two-year, $75,000 grant from First Hawaiian Foundation to continue its efforts by supporting ongoing operations.

Inspired by the City Harvest program in New York, Aloha Harvest sends drivers on a mission to 350 local donors — among them Kapiolani Community College, Whole Foods and Boston Pizza — to provide safe, same-day delivery of perishable foods to 173 social service agencies around the island. The nonprofit organization has delivered more than 12.7 million pounds of food to hungry residents since November 1999.

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