Good things happen when we collectively gather to EAT THINK DRINK! We learn, share and are inspired by the thoughtful conversations that happen over the dining table. The Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation (HAF) invites the public to EAT THINK DRINK, a quarterly series created to bring diverse communities together to find common ground on issues of agriculture and food in our state.

Episode 10: Food Supply Disruptions – COVID-19

Thursday, June 18 • 6-7pm

Online Event

The media has recently reported that the nation’s food supply chain is showing signs of strain, as increasing numbers of essential workers – whom we rely on to harvest, process, stock, and deliver our food – are vulnerable to coronavirus.

At a national level, industry leaders and observers acknowledge the shortages could increase, but they insist it is more of an inconvenience than a major problem. People will have enough to eat; they just may not have the usual variety. But, as major meat processors such as Smithfield Foods and Tyson’s shutdown, will there be a shift in demand for local meat and seafood? How will this affect us in Hawaii?

Locally, we’ve experienced disruptions in our food supply system with wholesalers and retailers having to adjust their operations, and an increasing number of farmers selling direct to consumer. We’ve also seen an oversupply of food with major food service distributors forced to donate or dump their inventory. And, we’ve also seen lines of people and empty shelves at our local markets.

Join us on Thursday, June 18 from 6-7pm for EAT THINK DRINK 10: Food Supply Disruptions – Covid-19.

In this special online event hosted by Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF), Ron Mizutani, president and CEO of Hawaii Foodbank, will join Denise Yamaguchi, executive director of HAF, to moderate a panel discussion with key players in Hawai‘i’s food industry to discuss disruption in our local food supply as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Chad Buck, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance
  • Eric Kingma, Executive Director, Hawaii Longline Association
  • Tom Jones, Chairman, Hawaii Restaurant Association
  • Brian Miyamoto, Executive Director, Hawaii Farm Bureau
  • Jason Wong, President, Sysco Hawaii
  • Lauren Zirbel, Executive Director, Hawaii Food Industry Association

Ron Mizutani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Foodbank

For this special online event, HAF has partnered with restaurants on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and the Island of Hawai‘i to offer attendees tuning in from across the state a meal to take home and enjoy during the event. Attendees can add-on an EAT & DRINK order from these restaurants with their event registration. A portion of the proceeds from each order will be donated to helping Hawai‘i farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who are working hard through the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we have fresh food on our tables.


MW Restaurant
Foodland Farms Pearl City
Gyu-Kaku Mililani
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli (Kailua)
Roy’s Ko Olina

Contemporary Flavors Catering

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
Fond, a neighborhood eatery

Island of Hawai‘i
Hula Hulas
Big Island Brewhaus

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