Q – 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.