A sufficient amount of resources are needed for Lanakila Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to our kupuna here in Hawai’i. For instance, we need a kitchen to prepare the food in, chefs and line staff to cook the meals, staff to coordinate routes and volunteers to deliver the meals (of course, volunteers help us with much more than just delivery).
One of our most costly and valuable inputs for senior meal delivery is the food itself. That’s why we are so happy, and grateful, when organizations like Waipahu High School’s Summer Bridge program takes the time to collect and donate one of our most necessary food items. Brown rice.
To practice being “community contributors” and to show support for Lanakila Meals on Wheels, the Waipahu High School Summer Bridge students conducted a brown rice collection and asked family and friends to donate new, unopened bags of California brown rice, or money to purchase bags of brown rice.
All told, the students and chaperones of Waipahu High School delivered 675 pounds worth of brown rice (rice and money for rice combined) to our facilities in Liliha, surpassing their goal of 585 pounds. With their gracious donation Lanakila Meals on Wheels was able to fill and deliver 5,400 meals to kupuna around Oahu!
While here, the Waipahu students were also treated to a Lanakila Teaching & Learning Center’s “Hands in Harmony” performance and Volunteer Coordinator, Randi Jeung, gave a speech about work and volunteer opportunities available here at Lanakila Pacific. Waipahu High School Alumni, Bathey Fong, also gave remarks to students.
We are so thankful for their help and hard work. Mahalo Summer Bridge students of Waipahu High! If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, or to find out more information, you can do so here.