CKMS students collect 1,130 pounds of food

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Leadership Class is joined by Kauai Independent Food Bank’s Kelvin Moniz, center, and Rizalde Tolentino, right, in showing off what 1,130 pounds of food look like Tuesday at the school in Puhi.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rizalde Tolentino, left, Kauai Independent Food Bank warehouse supervisor, gets help from the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Leadership Class in loading up the 1,130 pounds of food collected during the school-wide food drive Tuesday at the Puhi school.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kelvin Moniz, right, Kauai Independent Food Bank executive director, thanks the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Leadership Class for coordinating a school-wide food collection Tuesday at the Puhi school.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Rizalde Tolentino, Kauai Independent Food Bank warehouse supervisor, right with back to camera, gets help from the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Leadership Class in segregating and loading the school’s food drive collection Tuesday at the Puhi school.

PUHI — Following weeks of toil, the Leadership Class at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School had good reason to be happy Tuesday morning.

“They collected 1,130 pounds of food,” said Rizalde Tolentino, Kauai Independent Food Bank warehouse supervisor.

Laura Estrada, Leadership Class instructor, said the 26 students in grades six through eight have a mission of changing the school culture and helping the community.

“I had a lot of fun,” said eighth-grade Rain Palama.

From out of the crowd of students gathered to segregate the collection, a comment, “This is too much food.” Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director, said, “It’s never too much food.”

The food collected goes toward feeding Kauai’s keiki.

“Our priority is to make sure keiki do not have to experience what it feels like when you’re hungry and there is no food,” Moniz said.

“A lot of this food will go to the Keiki Cafe program — there are five schools who participate — and some of the after-school programs where keiki get nutritious snacks. You help feed some of these keiki, and we thank you for your efforts,” he said.

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