Since The Food Basket’s first Ohana Food Drop in March, the demand for food on the Big Island has only increased. At the Old Kona Airport Pavilion on Thursday, the need was plain to see as the Food Basket held their eighth Ohana Food Drop in Kona – and 91st on the Orchid Isle overall – since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of cars lined up to fill the former airstrip, waiting for their turn to receive food.
“Today, I think we’ll see over 4,000 individuals that will need food; that will be a record for us,” said The Food Basket’s executive director Fristin Frost Albrecht. “This is a crowd.”