Our History

Our Mission
Educate, Provide Nutritious Food for the Hungry and Respond to Emergencies
Our values and priorities in the implementation of our programs reflect the ancient Hawaiian customs of ALOHA.

Alaka'i Leadership
KIFB leads and educates by example.

Lokahi Teamwork/Harmony
KIFB is an independent team of diverse, yet unified individuals who have the same purpose.

'Ohana Family
KIFB seeks to serve the Kauai Ohana (family) through its programs.

Ho'okipa Hospitality
KIFB strives to serve the needy of Kauai with generosity, empathy, and with its best efforts.

Ahonui Patience/Perserverance
KIFB persevers through challenges and always seeks to progress forward.

Our History

Kauai Food Bank, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization, was formally established in the State of Hawaii in late December of 1994. Prior to independent incorporation and since its inception in 1992, the organization had been operating under Hawaii Food Bank, an Oahu-based non-profit.

The circumstances of the organization’s birth were nothing less than catastrophic. On September 11, 1992, Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai, the northernmost island in the 50th State, and left thousands of people homeless and subsequently unemployed. In the aftermath, community heroes and heroines first formed the grassroots Kauai Food Bank amidst incredible environmental and economic chaos and emotional upheaval. The storm was classified Category 5, and prior to September 11, 2001, was considered the third worst national disaster in the history of the United States.

Initially operated purely by volunteers, Kauai Food Bank distributed over five million pounds of emergency food directly to hurricane victims. By 1994, Kauai Food Bank served about 10,000 individuals per month, or about 20 percent of the island’s population. That year, Kauai Food Bank incorporated, obtained recognition as a 501 (c)(3), and subsequently developed into a professionally staffed, award-winning organization. It has earned the reputation of being the most innovative food bank in Hawaii and earned numerous national awards in the process.

Today the Kauai Food Bank employs 3 full time staff with a supportive cadre of specially trained and screened volunteers and over thousands of general community volunteers. Kauai Food Bank now solicits and distributes nearly 200,000 pounds of food annually to feed over 435,000 meals to needy persons. Since the economic downturn of ’08, we have a 40% increase in demand for our services. We receive less than 8,500 requests for emergency food services each month. Over 51% of those served are children and about 17% are elderly.