Credit Unions kick off food drive

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Representatives of Kauai’s credit unions and the Kauai Independent Food Bank collect at the Gather Federal Credit Union to launch the credit unions’ food drive with a goal of raising $20,000 between July 2 and 20. Shown are Daleena Castaneda representing the Kekaha FCU, Isabel Tumpap, Leona Perez of the KIFB, Leah Michaels of the Kauai Government Employees FCU, Flo Tazaki of the Garden Island FCU, Tess Shimabukuro of Gather FCU, Sharlene Garcia of GIFCU, Terri Kaniho of Gather FCU, Stephanie Shinno of GIFCU, -, Kelvin Moniz of KIFB, Jane Russell of Kauai Teachers FCU, and Monica Belz of KGEFCU.

LIHUE — For the past several weeks, food has been going toward disaster relief from the flooding generated by the record-breaking rainfall.

Now, it’s time to replenish the supplies, and the Seventh annual Kauai’s Credit Unions Food Drive attempts to do that.

“We are helping to replenish the Kauai Independent Food Bank’s supplies,” said Terri Kaniho of Gather Federal Credit Union. “Their supplies have been depleted from the recent flooding. This drive is to help restore their supply levels so they can get back on track for their keiki and kupuna programs.”

The food drive has set a fundraising goal of $20,000 for the KIFB raised between July 2 and 20. All of the credit unions on Kauai — Gather Federal Credit Union, Garden Island Federal Credit Union, Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union, the Kauai Teachers Federal Credit Union, the Kekaha Federal Credit Union, and the McBryde Federal Credit Union — are participating in the annual food drive.

“There are many credit unions who will have weekly special campaigns to help with the fundraising efforts,” said Kaniho. “Usually, those take place on Fridays where people are able to enjoy specially-created programs like baked goods, or specially-prepared food dishes, crafts, and rummage.”

Contributions can be dopped off at any of Kauai’s credit unions during their normal operating hours.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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