KAKULUI, HI — Hundreds of cars lined up over the weekend at the Binhi at Ani Filipino community center in Maui — as people waited for free food packages and plated lunch. It’s a help that’s very much needed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The people lined up about 7 AM and at first, some of us thought at first that we were afraid actually, that we wouldn’t have enough people to come by. So we were thinking of doing only 200 food baskets,” sta.aid Alfredo Evangelista.
After a few weeks of planning the Bayanihan food distribution, the Maui Filipino community was able to raise close to $8,000.
“From the night before the distribution day, Friday night, we were out there helping. We were bagging canned goods, vegetables, there’s also like a bag of rice too and some people that I’ve overheard talking, they shared with me, they mentioned that we gave a lot. It was really good to hear that we actually did more than I guess I expected,” said Donnie Dadiz.
The food drive ended up serving hundreds of families by Fil-Am volunteers who were eager to help.
“547 families may not seem a lot compared to the whole island of Maui, but that’s still a lot of people that we were able to impact. I know with a lot of people with unemployment, the donations really do help. It may seem like small stuff, but when it comes to feeding a family, I know it really comes a long way,” said Mary Basig.
Due to the success of the first Bayanihan food distribution event and the high rate of unemployment in Hawaii, these Filipinos in Maui plan to have their second food drive on June 27.