Hawaii’s Ho‘okipa

In most places around the world, transformation literally fills the air as leaves change colors and fall to the ground. Here at home, fall brings change, too. It’s a little more subtle, but — trust me — the air does get a little crisper this time of year. On top of that, summer fruit like mango and lychee no longer fill the trees, the clouds are building up with more precipitation, and the North Shore swells are beginning to arrive.

As we look towards fall in 2020, I’m sure many of us here in Hawaii are longing for those small, simple changes that typically accompany the season. Far from subtle, the changes we’ve endured this year are more aptly described as unprecedented, uncharted and unforeseen.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all live daily. This fall, every community in Hawaii is feeling the impact of this virus in one way or another. Aside from the devastating health and safety ramifications, the pandemic has produced an economic crisis incomparable to anything since the Great Depression. Even now — as tourism, education and other sectors in our community begin to reopen — it is clear the hardships brought on by the pandemic will persist for quite some time.

At Hawaii Foodbank, we are seeing persistent, elevated need, and for some the recovery will take years. 1 in 6 people in Hawaii are facing hunger in the wake of this pandemic. Roughly 80 percent of those attending our supplemental Pop-up Food Distributions this summer were unemployed or furloughed because of COVID-19.

Originally published by Hawaii Foodbank: Source