The United States Census Bureau reports that nearly half of American adults lost employment since mid March, and about a third of Americans are experiencing food insufficiency. On Hawaii Island the need is dire. The demand is always great, but now, with COVID-19, it’s far greater. Hawaii Island Food Basket Executive Director Kristin Frost Albrecht talked with Island Conversations host Sherry Bracken and said in April alone, the Food Basket served 32,000 people and they are expecting to serve 50,000 people in May. They’ve been receiving generous donations from individuals and foundations, but for example, in April alone they had to spend $300,000 to procure refrigerated items.
Air date: May 20, 2020