The Wailuku Union Church food pantry was founded by Janet Bishop in 1994 with cooperation of Pastor Robb Kojima and Roxanna Hamaku. While serving as the church secretary and bookkeeper, Janet decided to take it upon herself to start the program because “people would come in and asked for food and we did not have anything to give them.” Thus, the church food pantry was born and Janet faithfully served as the director until 2010. In 2010, Janet retired and the food pantry is coordinated by three volunteers: Nancy Alueta, Deanne Komoda and Nanette Kwon. In 2016, we gave out 117 boxes (average) each month, feeding 362 people. Annually, we give out 1405 boxes or bags of food with 4,347 people fed. With donations made to the Food Pantry we buy food from the Maui Food Bank which we then distribute. Other contributions come from Ala Lani Methodist Church and Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Hours of the food pantry: Saturday, 8:30 am to 11:00 am.
For more information about the food pantry, please call (808) 244-9177.