It’s a festival as surprising as it is popular — each year more than 24, 000 people head to Hawaii’s Oahu for the Annual Waikiki SPAM JAM. This year the street festival celebrating the famous lunchmeat is set for May 3, and will close down the main Kalakaua Avenue from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Now in its 12th year, the festival is held under the auspices of the SJ Foundation, which assists the event’s beneficiary: Hawaii’s Foodbank. The Hawaii Foodbank forms a vital link between the food donors and its member agencies by providing services in collecting, sorting, salvaging, and distributing food. It also supports its member agencies through financial and educational assistance.
“[It really] benefits those most in need in our community — the elderly, families with children, and the less fortunate who, without the support of the Hawaii Foodbank, would go to bed hungry every night,” said Barbara Campbell, the vice president of Outrigger Enterprises Group, one of the event’s founding sponsors in a statement.
During this year’s festival, volunteers will be on hand at two booths to collect donations for the Hawaii Foodbank.