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Food Basket Seeks Community Support on #GivingTuesday

November 22, 2016, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated November 29, 9:37 AM
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the-food-basket-givingtuesdayThe Food Basket Inc. – Hawai‘i Island’s Food Bank, is gearing up to launch its #GivingTuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday is an annual movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. Each year, the day falls on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

The Food Basket, using the not-for-profit fundraising platform Classy.org, will collect monetary donations to support the mission of feeding those in need on Hawai‘i Island.

“Our partners are very busy during this season, and we as The Food Basket are working our hardest to source nutritious food from the community in support of the many holiday meals our agencies provide,” said Food Basket Executive Director En Young.

Funds donated during the #GivingTuesday campaign will provide the means to cover necessities that The Food Basket incurs during the holiday season and throughout the year.

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“The shelves at The Food Basket are stocked and needed food items have been given to our partner agencies who do the good work of providing direct food, whether through pantry or soup kitchen, to those in need this holiday season and year-round,” said Jo Ann Abiley, Hilo operations manager.

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On a monthly basis, The Food Basket serves 12,000 individuals. It is only through the generous support of the community’s food and financial support, along with the dedication of our partner agencies, that The Food Basket is able to provide hope to so many in need on our island.

Although the#GivingTuesday campaign doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, Nov. 29, you can visit impact.hawaiifoodbasket.org to donate today.

The mission of The Food Basket Inc. is to feed the hungry in Hawai‘i County while attending to the root causes of this critical social problem. The Food Basket will accomplish its mission by preventing the waste of all edible food in Hawai’i County, feeding the hungry with this food, educating the community about local hunger and what can be done to solve this social problem, and collaborating with organizations of partnering missions to eradicate poverty, the root of hunger and other social ills.

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