During the fiscal year 2018, 13,223 Kauai residents received 1.4 million pounds of food, including 178,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch has been serving Kauai since 1992. Kauai Branch and food partner agencies have helped families to get back on their feet and fight hunger. In 1994, Hawaii Foodbank helped set up a 501(c)(3), so Kauai could have its own food bank. In 2010, The Kauai Food Bank changed its name to the Kauai Independent Food Bank (KIFB) and the Hawaii Foodbank established another operation on Kauai for food distribution. Today, Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch and the KIFB operate independently and serve families across the island. Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch is certified by Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. This means Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch is the only food bank on Kauai that is audited by Feeding America and is required to meet strict national guidelines for the safe handling and distribution of food, financial and administrative practices as well as donor/agency relations. The Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch is also a participating agency of Kauai United Way.
According to the findings reported in Hunger in America 2014, 13,000 different people on Kauai, nearly 18%, of the population, is receiving emergency food assistance.
There are 13,000 Kauai residents served annually by the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch, including 4,107 children and 1,110 seniors on Kauai.
73 percent of client households served on Kauai are food insecure, meaning they do not always know where they will find their next meal. 66 percent of these households include children.