Malama O Puna worked with Councilman Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder of District 5 on a program entitled “COVID 19 Pandemic Response for Puna”. This program provided 300 large food baskets to households in need while at the same time helping to boost some of the small agricultural businesses in Puna. Distribution of the food took place on Friday, June 26th, and focused on ensuring our kupuna are fed during this trying time. Punachicks Farm, LLC provided 225 chicken packages (thighs, drumsticks, boneless skinless breast, and wings) and 60+ noodle and broth packages. Johnson Family Farms participated by providing fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetable to accompany staples like rice, rolls and other non-perishable food provided by Y Hata & Co. Ryan’s trucking provided a refrigerator container at their Keaau baseyard which was used as the staging site. Many of Puna’s non profit organizations participated in the distribution included Malama O Puna, Bodacious Women, Hui Aloha O Puna Makai, Men of Pa`a and many other groups and individuals.
“We really enjoy working with Councilmember Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder to help families in need at the same time lifting up local small agricultural businesses that are having a hard time operating during this pandemic. It’s a win-win for everyone” offered Eileen O’Hara, who is temporarily acting Executive Director of Malama O Puna as it transitions to new leadership after its long time President, Rene Siracusa, stepped down.