Wilcox Health gives healthy contribution to hunger

The Kauai Food Bank recently got a boost to its 13th annual Spring Healthy Food and Fund Drive.

Wilcox Health donated 3,347 pounds of food, requiring two trucks to pick up the contributions, said Penny Young, the food bank’s Food Drive coordinator and Development Officer.

“This was the largest food donation in Wilcox history,” said Val Medina, the coordinator for the Wilcox Health food drive. “Everyone really got into it this year and we had a lot of fun doing it.”

The health system’s environmental services, facilities, plant maintenance and security departments snagged the Wilcox perpetual trophy for the most pounds donated per department. Combined, the various departments contributed 1,018 pounds.

The Health Information Management Department took runner-up honors with 600 pounds of food collected.

“What is so fabulous about Wilcox Health is that they truly understand the relationship between good, adequate food and good health,” said Judy Lenthall, director for the Kauai Food Bank.

“Nothing but the best, healthy food products are solicited and the entire community benefits from their donation.”

Young said this Wilcox Health contribution goes toward the Spring Drive total of $40,000 and 40,000 pounds of food.

During the Saturday food drive, Alicia Allen and Brian Rubadue, Realtor Associates from the Century21 All Island Koloa office, were so impressed by the activity, they matched the funds collected at the Safeway site, said Young.

That brought the tally from the one-day effort to $11,339 and 1,098 pounds of food.

Food Drive Day totals at press time were 14,479 pounds of food collected and $27,141 raised.

Non-perishable food contributions can be dropped off at any Kauai fire station, or arrangements for pick up can be made by calling 246-3809.

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