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community by ALTRES Providing Food for Oahu Communities

The economic impact of COVID-19 has left many local families and vulnerable communities struggling.

Over the past five weeks, ALTRES, in partnership with Chef Hui and Aloha Harvest, has provided more than 1,100 bags of fresh groceries and perishables to families in hard hit communities in Kaimuki, Palolo, Kalihi, Waimanalo and Papakolea.

“In this day and age of abundance, when a family doesn’t have dinner, when a child doesn’t have breakfast or a kupuna feels forgotten about—that truly is unacceptable,” says ALTRES President and CEO Barron Guss. “We have a commitment to our community as our community has a commitment to us, all working together to make Hawaii the place we want to be.”

Together with teams of volunteers including ALTRES staff members, bags are distributed to families in car lines and delivered to kupuna that are not able to leave their homes.

“We are assembling to get my people some food. It’s important because I grew up here. My family is here,” says payroll coordinator Carrie Tagupa while volunteering in Waimanalo. “I’m proud to be from ALTRES, helping to provide food for people who cannot.”

The food distribution is administered through community organizations like Kaimuki Youth Development, Ke Kula Nui O Waimanalo, Kula No Na Po’e and various smaller agencies with a deep knowledge of the people served. This ensures that food and resources are going to those with urgent needs.

ALTRES was founded on the idea of supporting Hawaii’s businesses, and in this crisis that means supporting the people who run and work in these businesses. Over 50 years, our company has become part of the fabric of the community and it’s important to not only give our talent and time but also our hearts, because we’re all connected in this island community. Our commitment doesn’t stop here, but will continue through the Stay at Home orders thru at least June 30.

The ALTRES initiative is led by Director of Philanthropy Siana Austin Hunt. After learning about these communities in need, Hunt connected with a network of nonprofit administrators, chefs, and local farms to ignite relationship-based outreach in hard hit communities to meet immediate needs.

The foods, meals, items, organization and distribution are extended in partnership with Aloha Harvest, Chef Hui, Ham Produce and Seafood, Pili Group, Fukunaga Produce, Hawaii Food Alliance, and Central Pacific Bank.

Those interested in helping are encouraged to donate at alohaharvest.org.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should first consult their attorney, accountant or adviser before acting upon any information in this article.

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