Maui's Ali'i Kula Lavender farm started a "Feed our Community" campaign by collecting nonperishable foods as a collaboration with the Maui Food Bank since August of this year.
In honor of the late Ali'i Chang, AKL began the food drive by waiving admission to the farm for anyone bringing in a nonperishable food donation, said Koa Chang, farmer and chief operating officer.
AKL has donated 1,000 pounds of food collected from the farm in 2012.
Lani Weigert (from left), of Ali‘i Kula Lavender farm; Maui Food Bank’s Keith Wright, Judy Franco, Marlene Rice and Joanne Musielak; and Koa Chang, of AKL, celebrate a successful partnership in 2012.
"Balancing community and commerce is critical to sustainability," said Lani Weigert, AKL co-founder.
"Helping the Maui Food Bank fight hunger is a privilege and making our food drive an ongoing effort is an honor," said Chang.
The Maui Food Bank's mission is to help the hungry in Maui County by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships. The Maui Food Bank serves more than 10,000 people a month who are in need of food. A network of nonprofit organizations and agencies works with the Maui Food Bank to distribute food to the hungry.
Ali'i Kula Lavender is located on the slopes of Haleakala in Kula with more than 55,000 lavender plants. To visit the farm or to find out more about the Maui Food Bank "Feed Your Community" food drive, go to www.aklmaui.com and or call 878-3004.