2020 Bright Spots & Looking Forward in 2021: Lanakila Pacific

2020 certainly presented the most complex and difficult personal and professional challenges many of us have ever faced. At the same time, out of 2020 came stories of resilience, neighbors helping neighbors, and people and organizations stepping up and coming together like never before.

As we approach the one-year mark of the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Hawaii, we wanted to look back at uplifting moments from the past year and check in to see what our grantees are hoping for in 2021.

Over the next few posts, we’ll share some of our grantees’ 2020 bright spots as well as what they are looking forward to this year.

 

Lanakila Pacific

 

What was one bright spot for your organization in 2020?

In September 2020, Lanakila Meals on Wheels launched The Green Bag, a new service offering seniors home delivery of fresh produce while supporting local farmers. To date, over 41,000 pounds of locally grown fruits and vegetables have been distributed across the island, contributing to healthier senior diets.

What is one thing you are looking forward to or hoping to accomplish as an organization in 2021?

In 2021, Lanakila Meals on Wheels looks forward to helping more kupuna learn how to use basic technology like a cell phone, computer or tablet in its Kupuna Tech classes. When seniors are empowered with digital skills, they become more independent and happier as they make their own appointments, stay connected to family and friends, and much more.


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Aloha Harvest - The future is now!

As Hawaii's largest food rescue and redistribution organization, and with the challenge of hunger, food insecurity and food waste contributing to climate change, supporting their effort to be more strategic in their growth and operations in the coming years, was an easy decision.

Broadband and Digital Equity in Hawaii - HawaiiKidsCAN

During the 2022 State legislative session, our grantee HawaiiKidsCAN, worked with numerous members of the Broadband Hui and legislators, to pass digital equity and access legislation. On June 30th the Governor signed four of them into law.

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