Food bank supply at ‘historic low’

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Food Basket Executive Director Kristin Frost Albrecht explains that there are usually pallets of food that take up most of the space in the warehouse in Hilo on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. The Food Basket is seeing a historic shortage of food in its warehouse.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Warehouse Manager Sara Kritikos, left, and Deputy Director of Healthy Food Access Initiatives Leelen Park, right, listen as Operations Manager Sarah Hamakawa explains some of the reasons for the lack of food at The Food Basket in Hilo on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Food Basket Executive Director Kristin Frost Albrecht talks about the lack of food coming into the food bank in front of mostly empty shelves in Hilo on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald From left, Warehouse Manager Sara Kritikos, Operations Manager Sarah Hamakawa, Deputy Director of Healthy Food Access Initiatives Leelen Park and Executive Director Kristin Frost Albrecht talk about the lack of food coming into The Food Basket in Hilo on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Most of the warehouse is empty with food coming in and out quickly.

Food Basket Hawaii is urgently requesting donations after a “perfect storm” of circumstances has left the food bank with an unprecedented shortage of food supplies.