Hale Kipa Program Coordinator Alika Campbell was honored at the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s (HRA) first-ever “Holiday for Heroes” event recognizing nonprofit and food industry organizations.
Campbell was recognized for his accomplishments with the YO! (Youth Outreach) program in Waikiki, which has worked since 1989 to provide services to runaway and homeless youth and young adults on Oahu. YO! receives prepared food donations from the nonprofit organization Aloha Harvest, one of its first partners. Since 1999, Aloha Harvest has collected and distributed nearly 15.5 million pounds of food and beverages, delivering the meals free of charge to social service agencies that feed the hungry in Hawaii. The food has been donated by more than 875 restaurants, caterers, government facilities, hotels, food distributors, businesses and others.
Hale Kipa assists up to 600 at-risk youth each year at the YO! drop-in center in partnership with Waikiki Health, serving up to 4,500 meals, a portion of which come from Aloha Harvest. Over the years, this has included donated food from restaurants such as KFC and Boston Pizza, as well as hotels.
The HRA “Holiday for Heroes” event was held Dec. 11, 2015, honoring Aloha Harvest, as well as leaders from a half-dozen of its partner organizations, including Hale Kipa, at new Honolulu restaurant Bread + Butter. Proceeds benefited Aloha Harvest.
The Hawaii Restaurant Association is a nonprofit trade association that works with the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation to represent, educate and promote the restaurant, food-service, hospitality and tourism industries. For more, visit www.hawaiirestaurant.org.
Images courtesy of the Hawaii Restaurant Association.
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