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Hawaii County food banks and pantries.

Most of the food pantries for the city of Hilo and greater Hawaii County area are open limited hours. There are dozens of distribution centers located at non-profit organizations. Senior citizens, families facing a crisis, and struggling residents can contact one of these free food pantries for support.

Whether it is a church based group, or a local government agency, the goal is to provide healthy food. What may be provided ranges from non-perishable groceries to fruits, baby formula, vegetables, and surplus USDA commodities. Many centers offer other support as well. Some may even offer financial aid for paying certain expenses.

Since the food banks in the county of Hawaii tend to be smaller, they will normally only help people in the nearby area. For example, a charity in Hilo will generally only support local residents. But each pantry may offer referrals to those families facing an emergency.

Christ Lutheran Church
Address is 595 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 935-8612

Grace Baptist Church
Mailing address is 2575 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 966-6998
Small amounts of free groceries may be provided to income qualified families.

Hope Services Hawaii, Inc.
296 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
Main phone - (808) 935-3050
The charity offers numerous services. It includes hot meals for the homeless and an emergency food pantry for families in Hawaii County. They also offer housing outreach, such as financial aid for rent. Other services are referrals to SNAP food stamp programs, applications to summer snacks for children, and more.




Kinoole Baptist Church
Address: 1815 Kinoole Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 959-5621
Holiday meals (such as at Thanksgiving) may be provided as well as the free food bank.

Living Waters Assembly Of God
89 Maikai Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
For hours, call (808) 959-9524

New Hope - Kupulau
Address is 840 Kupulau Road
Hilo, HI 96720
Telephone: (808) 959-7700

Salvation Army - Hilo Corps
219 Ponahawai Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-1277
A number of social services are run. There is a food pantry that may have non-perishable groceries. Other assistance includes Christmas or Thanksgiving meals or gifts, shelter, and a thrift store. They can also provide financial help for bills or referrals to government food programs.

St. Joseph Church
43 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Main number is (808) 935-1465

Under His Wings Ministry
183 Keawe Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 969-3094




Our Lady Of Lourdes Church
45-5028 Plumeria Road
Honokaa, HI 96727
(808) 775-9591
Food, personal hygiene items, clothing, diapers, and more may be provided by the charity.

Salvation Army Center in Honokaa
Address is 45-511 Rickard Place
Honokaa, Hawaii 96727
Main phone: (808) 775-7346
A thrift store and pantry are on site. Case managers also offer other social services, including grants. Additional assistance ranges from home delivered meals for seniors, holiday meals, and more.

Kona Task Force On Feeding The Hungry
Location of the pantry - 74-5062 Onipa'a Street
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
For intake, call (808) 326-4447
Volunteers run a meal service at Kealakehe Intermediate School. Any struggling Hawaii County resident can stop by. Donations of food or money is always appreciated.

Salvation Army of Kona
75-223 Kalani Street
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
Main phone - (808) 326-2330
Will offer assistance at most every other month. Clients can also be referred to shelter, places for baby formula or diapers, or WIC vouchers, among other services.

St. Anthony's Church
15-2095 Old Mamalahoa Highway
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 962-6538

Annunciation Catholic Church
Address is 65-1235 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, Hawii 96743
Dial (808) 887-1220

Kokua Christian Ministries
65-1084 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela, HI 96743
An emergency food pantry is available at the charity. They also serve hot meals to the needy.

Neighborhood Place Of Puna
16-105 Opukahaia Street
Keaau, HI 96749
Telephone number is (808) 965-5550





Kona Gospel Chapel - Nani Kapun Place
Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750
(808) 323-3110
Usually up to 3 days of food is offered. Fruits, dairy, and canned goods may be provided.

Kurtistown Assembly Of God
Address is 17-550 Volcano Road
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Call (808) 987-5387

Malu Aina
Kurtistown, HI 96760
(808) 966-7622
For those families facing hunger, a bag of free groceries may be passed out.

St Theresa Catholic Church
address - 18-1355 Volcano Highway
Mountain View, HI 96771
The main number of the pantry/soup kitchen is (808) 968-6233
A food pantry, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas meals, and other support is offered.

Sacred Heart Church - Loaves N Fishes
95-558 Mamalahoa Highway
Naalehu, HI 96772
(808) 928-8208
The faith based charity helps the less fortunate in Hawaii County. Basic needs, such as clothing or cleaning supplies, may be provided along with a box of food to income qualified families.

Immaculate Heart Of Mary Parish
27-186 Kaapoko Homestead Road
Papaikou, Hawaii 96781
(808) 964-1240

Volcano Friends Feeding Friends
Volcano, Hawaii 96785
Dial (808) 769-3903
Clients can get dry food goods. Also, hot meals may be provided by the non-profit as well.

For more information on resources available, call 808.935.3050. Referrals are given to everything from snack packs for students to Meals on Wheels. There are also additional food pantries in the Hilo region for struggling families.


By Jon McNamara

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