First photo: Feed My Sheep founder, CEO and Executive Director Joyce Kawakami joins Operations Director Scott Hopkins in using a pair of oversized scissors to cut a ribbon during Tuesday evening’s Grand Opening Blessing for the nonprofit’s new warehouse in Puunene. The event was also a celebration of the Feed My Sheep’s 20th anniversary and a November Business After Hours for Maui Chamber of Commerce. The cement-block building built in the early 1900s started out as the Rose of Sharon Church. After the church moved, the building served for many years as a welding shop for the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. Power and Pump Division. Feed My Sheep, a faith-based organization that provided 69,000 meals to 3,200 people last year, recently moved to the building from its former site across the street from the Puunene Post Office. Kawakami said the 8.5-acre property near old Puunene School is leased rent free from Alexander & Baldwin and Mahi Pono. She said there are plans to plant an orchard, start a chicken farm and install an aquaponics system. “As soon as we get our water figured out,” she said. Hopkins said about 10 percent of the people served by Feed My Sheep are homeless, while the rest are folks from across Maui society living at or below the poverty line. He said the new facility, like the old one, is called “Graceland.”
Second photo: Maui County Managing Director Sandy Baz suggests that people interested in supporting the mission of Feed My Sheep consider giving cash donations as well as food. “What they really need is cash,” Baz said while standing in for Maui Mayor Michael Victorino on Tuesday.
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