Taking care of the community: Businesses, farms, volunteers team up to provide holiday meals

  • Volunteers for the Free Meal at Waimea Coffee Co. came together and rallies the support of the community providing more than 400 meals to residents, visitors and even remote kupuna in the North and South Kohala districts. Photo courtesy Michael Donnelly

  • Motorists came through the drive-thru Free Meal venue hosted by Waimea Coffee Co. to receive their holiday dinner consisting of a Paniolo Bake, fresh greens, steamed rice, and home-made desserts. Photo Courtesy Michael Donnelly

  • Keiki volunteers provided guests with locally produced fruit and goodies as they drove through to receive their free meal courtesy of organizers Victoria Scott and Tenny Lindsey-Velez. The two organizers planned the event off of a random conversation and a commitment to each other to ‘just do it’ and ‘go all in.’. (Courtesy photos/Michael Donnelly)

  • Tenny Lindsey-Velez, left and Victoria Scott.

  • Volunteers provided hand-made holiday flower-greenery arrangements to the first 30 guests who drove up to take part in the Free Meal in Waimea, and hosted at the Waimea Coffee Company. Photo courtesy Michael Donnelly

Dozens and dozens of cars lined up at the surviving small business of Waimea Coffee Company to receive free meals and a whole lot of cheer ahead of Christmas. Organizers Victoria Scott and Tenny Lindsey-Velez of Waimea built this event off a random conversation that ended up with both saying, “I’m in! I’m in!”

With donations from 10 local farms, nonprofit organizations, and local farmer markets the ladies dished out more than 400 meals to residents in cars, pedestrians, and even remotely located kupuna who called in for a chance to taste the home-cooked entrees and goodies. In all, there were 16 turkeys totaling 150 pounds of meat, local greens, delicious deserts, and locally produced fruit.

“We knew that if we gave the community farms and businesses a chance to support this effort, they would not let us down, and you know what, they came through in spades,” remarked Scott and Lindsey-Velez.

Volunteers from the community managed the traffic, greeted guests and even donated special holiday greenery flower arrangements for families. Those who contributed include Double D Ranch, Mother Natures Miracle, Kulina Lani Scouts Doughbread, Sunrise Farms, Friends of the Future, Honopua Farms, Kekela Farms, Honaunau Market Olakino Farms, and Waimea Coffee and Kohala Coffee Company.

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