Kona Newbies Teams Up With Food Truck Friday To Help Feed Hungry for the Holidays


Kona Newbies volunteers at Food Truck Friday at HPM parking lot

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!)

Kona Newbie Volunteers at the Savory and Sweet Saturday food truck event at Lowe’s parking lot

“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



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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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