Rally held, $280K released for Lanakila Meals on Wheels

Hundreds rallied at the State Capitol for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.
Hundreds rallied at the State Capitol for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Monday for Lanakila Meals on Wheel’s annual March for Meals rally.

Seniors and supporters say more funding is needed for the state’s Kupuna Care program, which provides basic services such as meals and personal care to the elderly.

“What’s going to be happening is, as we get more applicants, we’re not going to be able to service them and they’re going to fall through the cracks,” said Lyn Moku, director of Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

Also on Monday, in conjunction with the rally, Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the release of $280,000 in capital improvement grant funds for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

“These capital improvement grant funds will help Lanakila Pacific to substantially build capacity for Lanakila Meals on Wheels, which aids kupuna throughout Oahu, while providing additional training opportunities for people with disabilities to reach their full potential for independence,” he said.

The money will go toward repairs and renovations to buildings, security, and kitchen and food service operations, as well as the purchase of equipment to address health and safety.

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