This holiday season as Hawaii concludes another challenging year, we are filled with gratitude for the way our communities have continued to come together with a focus on supporting local farmers and food producers, local companies and deserving local non profits. In that spirit, we have donated to food banks across our island state to help their teams cook healthy meals to nourish families in need during the holidays. Below we've shared information about each organization if you and your loved ones would also like to lend a hand.
From our ‘Ohana to yours, we wish you peace, good health and much happiness this holiday season and always!

The Food Basket
This year, Pacific Biodiesel partnered with KTA Super Stores to help promote the collection of household used cooking oil to be recycled into biodiesel at our refinery on Hawaii Island. For every gallon of used cooking oil collected during the 12 days after Thanksgiving, Pacific Biodiesel donated $1 to The Food Basket, Hawaii Island's food bank, along with a supply of Maiden Hawaii Naturals locally made culinary oils for use in preparing holiday meals for families in need.

“One of the core values of The Food Basket's vision is sustainability and we believe that shopping local and supporting recycling efforts plays a significant role in helping us to meet our mission to end hunger on Hawaii Island," said Kristin Frost Albrecht, Executive Director of The Food Basket. "We are honored to have been selected as the donation recipient of Pacific Biodiesel and KTA's partnership in recycling used cooking oil. Mahalo to Pacific Biodiesel, KTA and all our local recyclers!!"
The Food Basket Check
Representing Pacific Biodiesel and its sister company Maiden Hawaii Naturals, Operations Manager James Twigg-Smith presents a donation check along with a supply of Maiden Hawaii Naturals culinary oils to Tish Lunsford, Administrative Assistant at The Food Basket. Also pictured outside the company's Puainako store is KTA Super Stores President & Chief Operating Officer Toby Taniguchi. All KTA locations accept food donations year-round to benefit The Food Basket..
How can you help? KTA Super Stores throughout Hawaii Island are food donation sites for The Food Basket year-round. Simply go to the store’s Customer Service Center to drop off your food items for donation.

Every dollar donated allows The Food Basket to provide 3 full meals to the hungry in our community. You can also donate non-perishable items in their original packaging, unopened and not expired. Most needed items are pop-top canned goods like proteins, veggies, fruit (soups and meals like spaghetti-o's are really helpful for homeless and/or children at home after school who don't have or aren't familiar using kitchen tools); baking items like spices, cake mixes, oils, frosting; milk items like powdered, plant based, canned, shelf-stable, non-dairy; cereal, oatmeal, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, and snack-packs. Feminine hygiene products, toiletries and razors are also items that are always needed. You can even donate pet food.

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Maui Food Bank
The Maui Food Bank distributes over 2.5 million pounds of safe, nutritious food each year including 500,000 pounds of fresh produce. They also partner with six Maui organizations that prepare meals to nourish the hungry throughout Maui County.

“Because of this generous donation of gourmet cooking oils, our partner soup kitchens and meal programs will get to serve extra special meals to those in need this Holiday Season. A big Mahalo to Pacific Biodiesel for the generosity they have extended to help the hungry in Maui County!”
Maui Food Bank donation
Pacific Biodiesel Marketing Associate Beth Mathias at left, delivered culinary oils to Maui Food Bank's Warehouse Coordinator Brandi Saragosa and Agency Director Charity Harman.
How can you help? Food donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm at the Maui Food Bank warehouse located at 760 Kolu Street, in the Wailuku Industrial Park.

Food donations of non-perishable goods are also accepted at collection sites across the island. Perishables and produce are accepted only at the Wailuku warehouse.
Donations can be made through the agency's "Virtual Food Drive" or you can make a monetary donation direct to the Maui Food Bank.

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Hawaii Foodbank
On Oahu, Maiden Hawaii Naturals culinary oils were delivered to the Hawaii Foodbank where they were distributed to their soup kitchen partners as they prepare holiday meals for those less fortunate.

“Hawaii Foodbank is incredibly grateful to Pacific Biodiesel for their generous donation of Hawaiian Macadamia and Maui Sunflower premium culinary oils,” says Teri Luna, Director of Product Resourcing at Hawaii Foodbank. “We work with more than 200 food partner agencies, including a variety of soup kitchens and other partners who provide prepared meals. These products will help our food partner agencies continue to provide safe food access to those in need, as well as provide some much-needed warmth and aloha this holiday season.”
Hawaii Food Bank Crop
Tiana Teves, Warehouse Support "Wonder Woman" at Hawaii Foodbank, unpacks the Maiden Hawaii Naturals culinary oils for distribution to the agency's partners.
How can you help? You can make a monetary donation directly to the Hawaii Foodbank, drop off food items at their Honolulu warehouse on Kilihau Street, or bring your non-perishable food donations to one of their partner collection sites.

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Maiden Hawaii Naturals, LLC was created by renewable energy pioneers, Bob and Kelly King. Their Maui-based company Pacific Biodiesel, operating for more than 25 years, recycles waste cooking oils from restaurants statewide for use in the production of clean biodiesel. Now these locally made culinary oils are offered to Hawaii’s chefs and consumers and the used cooking oil will be recycled to produce a 100% renewable fuel for a cleaner, greener Hawaii – that’s full circle sustainability!
Our Mission: To promote a clean, sustainable energy future through the community-based production of renewable fuels

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