The Kona Newbies, a local group of new-to-the-island residents has teamed up with the founders of Food Truck Friday at HPM and owners of Pizza Rovers, Louise and Lon Jeremy Ungerman to raise funds and receive donated food items every Friday from 4-7 pm at the food truck event at the HPM parking lot and on Saturdays at the Sweet and Savory Saturday’s at the Lowe’s parking lot until December 19th.
“When I witnessed the hundreds of cars lining up at the food drop at the Old Airport last month and found out the Food Basket donated over 100,000 pounds of food, I knew community help was needed. I was able to rally volunteers from my Kona Newbies group on Facebook to fill two time slots for both Fridays and Saturdays and the Ungermans offered us space to put up a tent at the Food Truck Friday and Saturday events to collect both monetary and food donations. This past weekend, we collected $1575 in cash donations and 226 pounds of food, which was delivered on Monday to the Food Basket. Our goal is to collect $5000 by December 19th”, Julie Ziemelis, founder of the Kona Newbies group explained.
The Ungermans spearheaded the effort to have each food truck offer a discount or gift with a coupon that donors receive when they drop off their donations or write a check. They also offered each volunteer who works a shift a free pizza from their Pizza Rovers food truck. (Thank you Louise and Lon Jeremy for your generosity!)
“We want to give back a little and help those who are struggling right now. We are hoping to help fill the gap so we encourage everyone to bring your non-perishable donation down to Food Truck Friday or Saturday,” Louise Ungerman said.
So, if you are local, please come and donate food or funds to help the hungry and feed yourself at these amazing food trucks on Friday and Saturday nights!
You can help by donating directly to the Food Bank at https://www.hawaiifoodbasket.org/donate-1 or you can create a food drive of your own for the Food Basket, too! Here is the link: https://www.hawaiifoodbasket.org/host-a-foodfund-drive