‘Battle of beverages’ helps food drive

LIHUE — More than 500 pounds of food will go toward the Kauai Independent Food Bank Holiday Food and Fund Drive that started Saturday.

Mark Lauer, island manager for Pepsi Kauai, and some of his Pepsi Kauai team presented the results of the company’s internal food drive Thursday.

“We set our goal of doing better than we did last year,” Lauer said. “Last year, we did 390 pounds of food. This year, we were successful in our goal and our small team was able to donate 568 pounds of food to the Kauai Independent Food Bank.”

Kelvin Moniz, KIFB manager, said the collection will become part of the KIFB Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which has a goal of 40,000 pounds of food and $40,000.

“This is a great way to help launch our holiday drive,” Moniz said. “Earlier, we picked up 270 pounds of food from the Coca Cola of Kauai. With today’s 568 pounds, that is a total of 838 pounds in the battle of the beverage companies.”

As the holiday season approaches, the need for healthy, nutritious, non-perishable food increases, Moniz said.

The most requested items include rice, canned fruits, pasta, soups, canned fish or protein, peanut butter, canned meats, and canned vegetables.

The KIFB holiday food and fund drives runs through Dec. 31. People can contribute by dropping off non-perishable food to any of the fire stations on the island, or at the Kauai Independent Food Bank facility in Nawiliwili, 3285 Waapa Road.

Info: www.kauaifoodbank.org, 246-3809

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