KALAHEO — A young student from Kalaheo Elementary School came running up, a package in her hand, hoping to catch Kelvin Moniz, the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s food resource manager.
“This is the last pound,” Moniz said. “The Kalaheo School students came up with 681 pounds of food for the KIFB Spring Healthy Food and Fund Drive. The last package the girl came running up with after all the food was loaded had the one pound of food that put them over 680 pounds.”
Moniz said Kalaheo Elementary School is the first of several schools planning food drives to help KIFB.
With the KIFB spring drive well on its way after being launched in late February, Moniz said the County of Kaua‘i launched its drive which will run through April, and people have been dropping off food at fire stations around the island, as well as at the KIFB facility in Nawiliwili.
“This year, we’re going to try something new with Food Collection Day,” Moniz said. “Instead of having everything on one day from Hanalei to Waimea, this year we’re going to try and have a collection day several times during the drive.”
Today, staff and volunteers will be at the Walmart store starting at 8 a.m. and collecting until around 4 p.m.
On another day, the collection crew will be at Safeway and on another day at a different location — until the major sites are covered, he said.
The goal for the KIFB spring drive is $100,000 and 100,000 pounds of food before the drive ends on April 30.
Visit www.kauaifoodbank.org or call 245-3809 for more information.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.