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East Oahu food pantry to reopen after flooding

The Angel Network Charities food pantry — the Hawaii Foodbank’s largest food distributing agency in East Oahu, feeding over 2,500 people a month — reopens Thursday following flood damage.

When heavy rain flooded the area in April, the food pantry, owned and operated by Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church in Aina Haina, was among many buildings that were severely damaged. It was subsequently closed and service interrupted to those struggling to make ends meet.

Food bank officials announced Tuesday that the pantry will reopen Thursday, with shelves stocked with perishable and nonperishable items donated by the community. Hawaii Foodbank President and CEO Ron Mizutani thanked corporations and organizations for helping restore services.

“Due to the generosity of Servco Pacific, Nagoya Toyopet Co. and other organizations that have supported relief efforts in restoring one of our largest food distribution centers, we are thrilled to have Angel Network Charities reopen its doors,” he said. “Hawaii Foodbank’s network of agencies are an integral part in carrying out our mission to ensure that no man, woman or child goes unfed.”

The Rev. Timothy J. Mason of Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church also thanked the community for its support.

“We are humbled by the compassion and support we’ve received in preparing Angel Network Charities to be fully operational once again,” he said. “We are eternally grateful for all those who have donated their time, means and talent so we may continue to serve those who need us the most.”

Angel Network Charities is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1988 and distributes perishable and nonperishable food items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, dairy products and beverages on the first Thursday and second Friday of each month.

The Hawaii Foodbank, in partnership with the food industry and community, serves as a link between charities and those in need of food assistance, including seniors, families, children and those facing financial crises each week. Last year the food bank distributed over 13.7 million pounds of food on Oahu and Kauai, including 3.6 million pounds of fresh produce. The Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America and operates as the state’s official food bank.

For more information on the Hawaii Foodbank, visit FoodbankHawaii.org or call 836-3600. For more information about Angel Network Charities, visit sites.google.com/view/angel-network-charities-inc or call 377-1841.

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