Frequently Asked Questions

1Q – How much does it cost to sponsor a meal?

A – An average meal costs about $150.  See sample meal plans with costs

Q – How many people will I have to feed if I sponsor a dinner?

A – You have two options.  You can choose to feed the emergency clients, which is approximately 30 residents; or you could provide meals for both the emergency and transitional residents which would be between 55-80 meals.

It’s up to you how often you would like to commit – whether monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. This is a worthwhile community service project for any organization or high school.  Check our Sponsor Calendar for availability.

Q – What time would I have to be there to sponsor a dinner?

A – Dinner must be ready to serve by 5:55 pm – five minutes before serving at 6:00 pm.  Sponsor groups can arrive as early as 3:30 pm to prepare the meal.  The amount of time you need to prepare depends on what you are serving but the meal must be ready by 5:55 pm.  Sponsors will serve until 6:30 pm at which time our staff takes over.  At this time, you’re invited to prepare a plate of food and sit down with the residents, if you like.

Q – How often can I sponsor a meal?

A – That’s entirely up to you. We have groups that sponsor on a set date each month (ie: Third Thursday); once a quarter or just occasionally.

4Q – How many people can I bring with my group?

A – We recommend a minimum or three people and a maximum of up to ten otherwise it gets too busy in the kitchen.

Q – Can I bring my children to sponsor a meal?

A – Young children are not allowed in the kitchen but they can participate in the dining room.

Q – Can we bring entertainment?

A – Musical entertainment is okay during dinner.

Q – Can we offer an event such as face-painting or cupcake-decorating prior to serving the meal?

A – Yes.  All events must be pre-approved, and completed and cleaned up prior to 6:00 pm.

Q – Can I come to see the kitchen first?

A – Yes, we recommend you arrange to come and check out the kitchen and even arrange to be there when another sponsor is preparing so you can see how it’s done.

Q – Can I serve breakfast or lunch?

A – You can drop off breakfast or lunch but at this time, we only have sponsors that prepare and serve dinners.

Q – Can we use this opportunity to outreach?

A – You can recite a blessing before the meal, but please begin by announcing that residents do not need to participate in it.  Passing out literature, outreach, worship or religious instruction is not allowed.

Q – Is there a dress code?

A – Shoes or sneakers must be worn in the kitchen.  High heels, sandals, slippers, clogs, etc. are not allowed.

3Q – Can I take pictures of my group sponsoring a dinner?

A – We encourage you to take photographs of your group but absolutely no photographs of the residents are allowed.

Q –  Can I shop for my food at the Food Bank?

A – If you are a non-profit organization, then yes, you can become a member of the Maui Food Bank.  Please contact Lynn Curtis, Director of Agency Relations at the Maui Food Bank at (808) 243-9500 or by email: lynnc@mauifoodbank.org

Q – Will a staff member be on hand to assist us?

A – Yes.  KHAKO staff will be there to assist you with preparation and oversee the meal service.

When you’re ready to volunteer, please email Bill Valle, Director of Food Services at Bill.Valle@khako.org.  In the meantime, please have each member of your group complete the Kitchen Volunteer Agreement form.

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