Questions & Answers about the KIFB
Q. How do I know my donation will go to the people
who need it the most?
A. Our food is distributed at sites around the entire
island thanks to our many partners including:
American Red Cross
Boys & Girls Club (Kapaa)
Boys & Girls Club (Waimea)
** Church of the Pacific
Circles of Light
Easter Seals Hawaii ARC
** Faith Christian Fellowship
Family, Friends & Community
** Hale Hoomalu
Hope, Help and Healing Kauai
Island Worship Center
** Kalaheo Missionary Church (Love Kauai)
** Kapaa Missionary Church (Love One Another)
** Kapaa Seventh Day Adventist
** Kauai Bible Church
Kauai Christian Fellowship
Kauai Economic Opportunity
Kauai Habitat for Humanity
Kauai Humane Society
Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha
Koloa Missionary Church
** Koloa Union Church
Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha
** Lihue Court Town Homes
Mental Health Kokua
** Nana’s House
New Beginning Christian Center
Organization of Kalalau Karetakers
Puuwai Canoe Club
** Saint Michael’s All Angels Church
** Saint Raphael’s Food Pantry
** Saint Williams Church
The Children of the Land
The Chow Project
** The Salvation Army (Lihue)
** The Salvation Army (Hanapepe)
The Way of Salvation
Timao Health Care
U-Turn for Christ
** Waimea United Church of Christ
West Kauai United Methodist Church
Young Life Capernaum-Kauai
YWCA Girl Zone
YWCA Sex Abuse Treatment Center
YWCA Women’s Center
** Designates a food pantry location;
Emergency food services are available island wide, 7 days
Q. What are the most needed food items for the
hungry on Kauai?
Ensure / Pediasure
Q. When and why was the Kauai Independent Food
A. KIFB (once called the Kauai Food Bank) was created by
members of the Kauai community in 1995 to feed the hungry
of our island, many of whom were still struggling years
after Hurricane Iniki devastated parts of our island. We
were the only food bank on Kauai at that time. We are a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Q. What is your mission?
A. Educate; provide nutritious food for the hungry;
respond to emergencies.
Q. How have you been meeting your goals?
A. Thanks to our many amazing food donors, including more
than 40 grocery/retail stores, restaurants, hotels,
distributors and generous individual donors, we have
provided more than 13 million pounds of food to Kauai’s
needy through July 2011. That’s more than 16.6 million
Q. What innovative programs has the Kauai
Independent Food Bank created to help Kauai’s hungry?
A. Lots of them!
We provide job training and skill-building to volunteers
and workers in our warehouse to help them become
self-sufficient. Kauai Independent Food Bank was named
Outstanding Employer of the Year in 2009.
Free Keiki Cafe
Since 2004, when KIFB opened the State of Hawaii's first
Keiki Cafe in partnership with community resources, the
program has grown to four locations. Throughout
the school year, children between the ages of 7-17
participating in after school activities receive a Super
Snack. In 2012, KIFB provided a Super Snack for
over 3,500 children each month at high schools,
elementary schools and neighborhood centers in
collaboration with the Kauai Boys & Girls Club, schools
and most recently with the YWCA. Other community
collaborations are being developed.
Back Packs with Weekend Food
The Kauai Independent Food Bank in partnership with the
Boys & Girls Club on the Eastside is in its 6th year.
3 years ago we also added two (2) Niihau Charter Schools
to the program. These programs provide nutritious
food to youth between the ages of 5-17. Every
Friday, each youth receives a Backpack filled with
nutritious food to take home for the weekend.
Q. Is there a way I can tell that the Kauai
Independent Food Bank is responsible?
A. KIFB is the only food bank in Hawaii that is accredited
by the Better Business Bureau. BBB is the local authority
on trust in the marketplace, and sets and upholds high
standards for fair and honest business behavior.
Q. Why does Kauai Independent Food Bank charge for some
A. We charge 18 to 19 cents per pound of some foods to
agencies and food pantries. It is standard for many food
banks in the nation to charge a nominal amount to help
cover common overhead costs such as a warehousing donated
food, utilities, transportation and payroll. The fee we
charge per pound is within the generally accepted
guidelines of Feeding America, the nation's leading
domestic hunger-relief charity whose mission is to feed
America's hungry through a nationwide network of member
food banks. You can learn more about our financial status
by going to www.guidestar.org and looking us up or
reviewing our tax returns posted on our website.
Q. How can I help Kauai’s needy get enough food to
A. Donate food, time or money to the Kauai Independent
Food Bank so we can continue our mission of feeding
Mahalo for your support!
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