Palama Settlement feeds community

Local non-profit hosts free food donation five days a week

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Established in 1896, Palama Settlement is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Kalihi and Palama neighborhoods.

The longtime fixture in the local community offers a wide range of educational, recreational, athletic, cultural, social, health, and community building programs and services for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Palama Settlement realized that people across the state needed additional help and decided to step up their efforts to care for those in need.

As the Program Manager for Community Services at Palama Settlement, Pauni Nagaseu-Escue along with her staff have organized a weekly contact-less food donation drive.

The drive is held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. and families are welcome to pull into the roundabout at Palama Settlement and get their vehicles loaded with food.

Since beginning the food distribution drive Escue and her staff, has served between 90-100 local families everyday.

The boxes of produce and protein being distributed are made possible by an emergency relief program fully funded by the USDA and coordinated through Ham Seafood and Produce.

The frozen meals are donated by the Salvation Army and Foodland, and the milk by members and staff of the Habilitat.

Numerous local organizations and non-profits have banded together in an effort to keep the community safe and fed during this unprecedented time and all of the donations are oversaw and distributed by Escue and her staff.

Escue believes sharing ‘Aloha’ is more important now then ever before.

‘Families who are given food are so grateful,” said Esuce. “Its important that we be there to help.”

In this Mahalo Monday we send a big Mahalo to Pauni Nagaseu-Escue and the staff at Palama Settlement.

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