Community Development

Emergency Food Assistance

Network Partners: Hawaii Foodbank

Our community is committed to caring for one another. One way we do so is to provide emergency food assistance to those who are in need. Our food pantry is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday except on Food Bank days (the first Tuesday of each month) and holidays. Participants should register with Hawaii Food Bank’s Link2Feed system. Please bring a valid ID. Emergency food is given up to twice a month to individuals and families.

The food pantry is available between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday except on Food Bank days (1st Tuesday and 3rd Monday of the month) and holidays. Participants must register with Hawaii Food Bank’s Link2Feed system. Please bring a valid ID. Emergency food is not given more than twice a month to individuals or families in need.

Hawaii Food Bank

In collaboration with the Hawaii Food Bank, KEY Project consistently hosts one food distribution on the first Tuesday of each month to serve individuals and families in need. Dependent on the availability of resources, KEY Project provides for additional food resources.

KEY collaborates with the Hawaii Food Bank, area churches, and volunteers as one of the island-wide sites for `Ohana Distributions.

Please see below for Foodbank guidelines for registration and distribution:

  • Pre-registration link goes live one week before the food drive (usually on Monday or Tuesday)
  • The registration QR Code is required for check-in on distribution day
  • Participants are asked to park on the street or at the park. For safety reasons, there is no parking at the KEY Project.
  • No one can line up earlier than 12:30 pm. Distribution begins at 1 pm.
  • Pre-registered households pick up from 1 pm-2 pm. Non-registered families can receive food starting at 2 pm until supplies are exhausted. 
  • Pre-registered families that do not arrive between 1 pm and 2 pm are not guaranteed a distribution box.
  • You MUST meet current COVID-19 mandates
  • No pets are allowed in cars during the food distribution
  • Distribution boxes will only be placed in car trunks or truck beds. Please clear your trunk to accommodate the food items.
  • Only one box is allowed per household. However, up to two households can receive their distribution box in the same vehicle. 
  • NO PARKING at KEY Project campus during distribution days. Cars that have arrived before 12:30 pm will be asked to return later. Cars that arrive at or after 12:30 pm on distribution days will be directed to form two lines.

Please see the videos below for step-by-step instructions on how to complete the online pre-registration form and prepare for food distribution. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please call us at (808) 239-5777.

 How to access Food Bank pre-registration

How to prepare the QR Code for distribution day

                                      How to complete Food Bank pre-registration

2022 Food Drive Dates:

  • April 5th, 2022
  • May 3rd, 2022
  • June 7th, 2022
  • July 5th, 2022
  • August 2nd, 2022
  • September 6th, 2022
  • October 4th, 2022
  • No Distribution in November
  • December 6th, 2022

Please be prepared:

  • Food Bank reporting requirements: You will need to verbally share with us the following (1) First and Last Name (2) City you reside (3) # of adults and children in your household (4) Employed? (5) Receive government assistance?
  • Enter mauka driveway and exit makai driveway
  • Drive-thru Food Bank line will start on the Kualoa side of Waiheʻe Road until service begins.
  • We are offering walk-up service for those who do not have a vehicle on the mauka side of the KEY Project pavilion.
  • Food will be divided and sorted for an efficient grab-and-go process.

For your safety:

  • Do not show up if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Please remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • Social distance protocols will be strictly enforced.
  • We suggest you wear a mask and have a space in your car designated for the food supplies.

Rental & Utility Relief Program

Network Partner: H.K. Castle Foundation.

The Rental & Utility Relief Program is a major part of the City and County of Honolulu’s plan to help families affected by COVID-19 and the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic. The application portal is currently closed after receiving  8,000 new first time applications.

KEY Project is here to help Windward Oahu families, from Kaneohe to Kualoa, with application support and case updates. If you know someone who may benefit from this support, please follow the steps below.

Application Support

  • Contact KEY Project at (808) 380-7430 or
  • KEY has access to all program forms and required documents needed for the application
  • If you have an open case with this program, we can check on the status of your case and reach out to your caseworker to gather information.
  • KEY can help you complete and submit your full application 
  • KEY project will be available to support families through the application process with accessing the internet, and maintaining documents.

For more information:

If you need assistance with the online process you can contact our office at (808) 380-7430 or email us at

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