Past

Aloha Harvest was founded by the Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation in 1999. The foundation saw the volume of local food waste and a growing population of homeless people – as well as the emergence of food rescue organizations across the country.

 

They conducted a feasibility study that considered the unique challenges surrounding food insecurity and waste in Hawai’i and engaged in discussions with potential food donors, recipients, and community leaders. The outcome was Aloha Harvest. Hau’oli Mau Loa based the Aloha Harvest model on City Harvest, a highly successful and internationally replicated food recovery system developed in 1982.

 

Today, Aloha Harvest is one of approximately 50 recognized food rescue nonprofit organizations across the nation. We’re currently updating and expanding our original model by taking advantage of new information and technologies.

Present

Aloha Harvest is a non-profit organization that rescues quality, donated food and delivers it free of charge to social service agencies feeding hungry people in Hawai'i.

As a food rescue organization, we play a critical role alongside food banks and food pantries in the fight against hunger. And you can, too. Unlike food bank organizations, Aloha Harvest does not store any food. We pick up perishable and nonperishable food from donors and deliver same day (free of charge) to social service agencies, who in turn, prepare and distribute the food to those in need. We support many food pantries run by social service agencies and churches by providing them nonperishable foods. Our perishable food donations, such as excess prepared foods from banquets and restaurants, are delivered on the same day to agencies that serve hot meals to the hungry.

Future

  • Improve data collection processes to better understand our impact on the health of community members and the environment, and in turn set better goals.
  • Assess and improve the quality of food we rescue, including a push for more donors of fresh, local produce to contribute to better health for the individuals we serve.
  • Build an expanded, sustainable volunteer force. This includes the launch of 'aiRescue, planned for 2020. 'aiRescue will be a new crowdsourcing app that empowers community members to participate in everyday food rescue.
  • Increase efforts in education, advocacy, and community engagement with a focus on reducing waste at the consumer level, which is currently 43% nationwide, and on policy advocacy that will extend the capacity and reach of all food rescue programs.