Kauai Food Bank drive in final week

Sunday marks the end of the Kauai Food Bank’s semiannual food and fund drive.

Executive Director Judy Lenthall predicts that once the schools deliver their collected canned goods and other items, the agency will reach its goal of 20,000 pounds of food donated.

As of Monday, the agency had collected 10,832 pounds.

The other goal, to raise $20,000 in donations, also was barely past the halfway point, at $10,084.

In a story of how things sometimes work on Kaua’i, Lenthall told of a consortium of Lihu’e-area churches that voluntarily took it upon themselves to raise funds specifically for the food bank.

The churches gathered over $1,000 in Thanksgiving donations from members, and are Lihue Christian, Lihue Missionary, Lihue United, Lihue Lutheran, Lihue Baptist, Garden Island Church of God, and Central Kauai Christian Church.

And, while the churches gathered the money out of charity and expected nothing but a “thanks” in return, they ended up getting Christmas trees courtesy of the food bank, through donation from the Rotary Club of Kapaa.

The club donated 125 trees left over from its annual tree sale, an arrangement put together by Rotary Club of Kauai member Paul Douglass, who is also a food bank board member, Lenthall said.

Agencies that pick up food at the food bank’s Nawiliwili warehouse and offices will be recipients of donated trees, too, she said.

Until and including this Sunday, the county’s fire stations from Waimea to Princeville are collecting donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. Each month, the food bank helps feed several thousand hungry Kauaians, many of them children.

The food bank’s warehouse is at 3285 Waapa Rd., and that is the mailing address (Lihu’e 96766) for monetary donations to the drive. Please call 246-3809 for more information.


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