Mel Hioki's Story
Mel has been a volunteer and board member for over a decade. Recently he wrote a powerful children's book called “The Other Side of the Pond.” He is using the story to spread hunger awareness and proceeds from the book are helping serve families in need.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"The story is based on one of my first outreach experiences for my church. We prepared and served a meal for a soup kitchen that was on one side of the highway. On the other side of the highway was a very nice shopping mall. The big question for the people at the soup kitchen was where they were going to get their next meal? The big question for the people at the shopping mall was what they should buy or where they should eat? I couldn’t get over the fact that these too locations were so close to each other, with people like myself, divided by a highway. The book is for my younger sister Joyce, who is the other side of my pond. Joyce was a very kind and caring person. After she passed away in a car accident, I found out from my Mom it was an organization like CUMAC that helped her in her time of need. I had no idea she was having difficult times. I dedicate my work for CUMAC to Joyce, so her love and kindness towards people lives on."
- Mel Hioki
The Other Side of the Pond is a story about two communities of frogs who share the same pond that's separated by a huge log. They've never met, but have heard scary rumors about each other. Both communities are exactly the same except for one thing. Food. The Red Frogs have plenty of food to eat while the Polka Dot frogs have almost nothing to eat. How will this hunger problem be solved?
BUY A BOOK, FIGHT HUNGER
A portion of every book sold will support CUMAC's work. CUMAC is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 30 years. CUMAC has several programs dedicated to the alleviation of hunger and its root causes for those in need. Learn more about our work.