The economy of the North Shore is still depressed. Affordable housing and jobs are at a premium. We feel like our program fills a need for both the young and old of our community
The main thrust of The Private Sector Hawaii is the acquisition and delivery of food, clothes and assorted household and building supplies to families and the elderly in need on the North Shore of Oahu through the Purple Van Food Distribution Program. The charity is an agency of The Hawaii Food Bank where we share in the maintenance costs of acquiring the food. We pick up food from the Hawaii Food Bank weekly and the local Foodland stores. Individuals call our number and request a food box. Volunteers prepare 60 boxes weekly and deliver the boxes to those who have requested one which include hundreds of needy families and the elderly from Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Sunset, to Kahuku.
The Private Sector Hawaii is a 501-c-3 public charity that has been operating in the State of Hawaii since 1987. Our tax-exempt number is 68-0041276. The charity has an all-volunteer staff (no one receives a salary)
The Purple Van Food Distribution Program is the only "By Request" food program on the North Shore of Oahu. As a result, the program provides food boxes to those who are homebound, or don't have adequate transportation to reach other food pantries. There is a category of food requests that come from those who are no longer in the job market due to disability or lack of education, and the elderly who are on a very small fixed income. Many of these folks are living in rented rooms in homes, or in elderly/disabled housing, or even in vans and cars in various parks. It seems that these people have slipped through the cracks and need some real help. We feel that taking away the stress of worrying about having food makes the challenges of health and housing easier to arrange. More than one elderly person, many of whom are women, have told us quietly that our food boxes are their main source of food for the month with some minor additions. We go to the elderly housing in Haleiwa and Waialua at the same time each month so as to meet this need.