Monsanto Hawaii Employees Help Feed Oahu’s Houseless Residents
Monsanto employees on Oahu volunteered with the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center to serve food to houseless people in Waianae and Keeau.
Employees helped serve meals to approximately 100 people, including children and the elderly, at the Waianae Boat Harbor. The recipients were all Hawaii residents who are currently houseless and living in temporary shelters. Monsanto Hawaii also donated toiletries and batteries to help with living essentials.
“I can’t even begin to describe how humbling an experience it was,” said volunteer Monica Ivey. “For a little while, we were part of a community of about 300 people living in makeshift homes made of tarps, rocks, pallets – anything they could get their hands on. The residents are really nice and welcoming, and they live according to rules and a council that guide their community.”
Kahu Kaleo Patterson of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center said that, in addition to 100 residents of this community, Monsanto’s donation helped feed another 40 who live under a bridge in Wahiawa.
The Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence. Largely supported by volunteers, the organization manages peace centers in Chinatown, Waianae and Manoa.