The Ohala Foundation successfully launched its first Rota food distribution program last June 3, with more than 25 volunteers from Rota and Tinian coming together to sort, pack, and distribute the food to more than 300 people at the Eskuelan San Francisco De Borja.
“This is our 16th food drive, and the first to be held on Rota,” said Ohala Foundation chair Phillip Mendiola-Long. “The distribution had a huge local impact and we’re so happy with the love and support the island of Rota has shown us and we’re extremely grateful for the donations from the people and companies [on] Saipan that made it possible for us to collect over 9,000 lbs of food and clothing for our sister island.”
He said the event’s success has spurred them to raise more funds, with the intention to get back to Rota to expand the foundation’s programs while eventually launching its Saipan programs later this year.
The foundation acknowledges the following individuals and companies for their time and donations: Rota Mayor’s Office, Rota Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Fr. Rey Rosal and the Rota Church, captains Ivan Ilmov and Jack Barcinas for transporting the goods, Micronesian Brokers Inc., D&Q, Marpac, Herman’s Modern Bakery, Yaong Wholesale, Highway Express, Jovita Demapan, Dave Cabrera, Julie Ogo, Marco Pua and the Division of Parks and Recreation.
Interested donors can reach out to the foundation by visiting ohalafoundation.org or by calling (670) 433-2664. (PR)