Whole Foods' new food redistribution program "has the capacity to provide 20,000 pounds of food per week to Hawaii residents in need," according to Pacific Business News. Organizations like Aloha Harvest are accepting bulk donations that would have ended up in landfills.
Aloha Harvest has been one of Hawaii's prime food distributors during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to their July report, they distributed 390, 483 pounds of food since March. That includes donations and purchased food. The national Nourish our Neighborhoods initiative is set to save 21.8 million pounds of food from going to waste.
“Nourishing our communities is a priority at Whole Foods Market, especially in these challenging times,” said Rob Twyman, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, in a statement. “We’re proud to put forth a food redistribution solution to reduce food waste and provide both perishable and nonperishable nourishing foods to our communities.”