Our Aloha Grown, Creative Arts Hawaii and Parker Ranch Store Ohana have come together to design, print and sell limited edition Aloha Grown "Malama" Tees, in an effort to raise funds for The Food Basket, Inc. on Hawaii Island!
According to Randy Kurohara, President & Owner, “The Food Basket has done so much to support the most vulnerable in our community – our kupuna and keiki…now it’s our turn to kokua. Here at Aloha Grown, Creative Arts Hawaii and the Parker Ranch Store, we truly believe in giving back to the community. Through this ‘Malama’ Tee fundraiser, we hope to raise up to $20,000 for The Food Basket.”
These limited edition Aloha Grown “Malama” Tees will be sold for $20.00 each with 100% of all monies collected being donated to The Food Basket on Hawaii Island.
The Food Basket serves 1 in every 3 Hawaii Island residents through its partner agencies, providing nutritious and high quality food to Big Island families, children and seniors who might otherwise go hungry. Every $20 shirt purchase allows The Food Basket to help feed seven children breakfast for a week, one senior lunch for over a month, or an entire family dinner for a week.
The Food Basket Executive Director, En Young, said “We are greatly appreciative of local businesses like Aloha Grown, Creative Arts Hawaii and Parker Ranch Store for helping us raise funds in our time of need. While we always appreciate food donations, it’s the monetary donations that help us keep our operations going and allow us to continue collecting, storing and distributing food all over the Big Island. We remind everyone that all donations made to The Food Basket stay right here on Hawaii Island and assist the kupuna and keiki in our local communities.”
Kristine M., a recipient of The Food Basket services, wrote in a letter, “We so appreciate the food that you contribute to the Naalehu seniors. We need this help with food so very much. Last year our only grocery store here closed…..since most of us live on social security fixed income, this is so important to get these vegetables and canned goods. You have no idea how much this helps us out!”
The shirt was designed with green fern leaves to represent the earth, while blue waves represent water – both of which are crucial and necessary food sources. “Malama” was selected as the shirt theme because malama means “to care for, preserve, protect,” and we must malama our island resources in order to provide food for our communities.
Aloha Grown “Malama” Tees are available for purchase in-store at these locations:
Aloha Grown- 224 Kamehameha Ave (Hilo)
Creative Arts Hawaii - 500 Kalanianaole Ave (Hilo)
Parker Ranch Store - Parker Ranch Center (Waimea)
The Food Basket - 40 Holomua St (Hilo)
Please only cash or checks made out to "The Food Basket Inc." If your business or office would like to order 10 or more tees, you qualify for FREE DELIVERY! Click here to fill out our bulk order form.
To purchase Aloha Grown "Malama" shirts online, or to find out more about The Food Basket on Hawaii Island, please visit www.hawaiifoodbasket.org/donate.
MAHALO for your support and for helping to eliminate hunger on Hawaii Island!
Click here for Malama Shirt Flyer.
Click here for Malama Shirt Bulk Order Form.