2 agencies partner to feed island keiki

Hale Mahaolu and Maui Economic Opportunity have a longstanding relationship, and the two agencies have partnered on many endeavors. Their most recent partnership is all about food.

When Hale Mahaolu staffer and MEO board member Kathy Louis heard that MEO Head Start was struggling financially to provide meals, she took action.

Louis spoke with Hale Mahaolu CEO Roy Katsuda and Meals Service Director Rhonda Lincoln to see what could be done.

The new partnership began this school year with lunch service to five MEO Head Start locations in Central Maui.

“Hale Mahaolu is happy to prepare and deliver hot nutritious meals to preschoolers and staff in MEO’s Head Start program,” said Lincoln. “We hope our variety of ethnic and cultural foods will make an interesting and enjoyable learning experience for the children.”

MEO CEO Lyn McNeff said, “Meals are delivered directly to the MEO Head Start center by Hale Mahaolu staff, hot and ready to serve. This service is a tremendous help with cutting down on expenses.”

Hale Mahaolu provides a total of 95 meals at five locations and may expand to other Head Start Centers in the next few years.

For more information about this partnership, call Head Start Director Debbi Amaral at 249-2988.