The Sharing Garden
After a disappointing 3rd quarter harvest, the Shar-ing Garden returned to near-normal yields in the 4th quarter with 3,347 pounds of fruits and vegetables harvested and distributed. For the calendar year, our total harvest was 14,650 pounds, divided between Ulu Wini—HOPE Services (7,348 pounds), Malama Na Keiki (3,569 pounds), and St. Michael’s Food Pantry (3,733 pounds). Our dedicated team is looking for-ward to the New Year as we continue to provide fresh produce to families that need our help.
Malama Na Keiki
The Malama Na Keiki (Backpack Program) ended the 2021 with Holualoa School identifying 46 students (15 families) needing assistance. Our program contin-ues with every other Saturday distribution of dry goods and fresh fruits and vegetables from The Sharing Garden to families for pick-up at Immaculate Con-ception Mission parking lot. The program continues with the generous support of St. Michael’s parishioners, the Holualoa community, and the administration of Holualoa School. We are especially grateful to school staff for helping with the distribution of the food to families that are unable to make the pick-up themselves.
The year 2021 was another busy year for the Food Pantry. We helped virtually as many families as our record 2020 year. Moving into the hall at Immaculate Con-ception Mission and switching to Saturday distributions have made our operation much more efficient. Our volun-teers are outstanding and we are very thankful for the support from parishioners and local businesses.
The Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9—9:45am at Immaculate Conception Mission Parking Lot.
Parishioners are encouraged to leave food donations in the baskets at the back of the Church at all Sunday Masses.
The needs for this ministry are constant, and your support is appreciated. Sizes needed: 5, 6, and 4T-5T Girls.