Compassionate Red Raiders make a difference

LIHUE — Kauai High School recently donated more than 500 pounds of food to the Kauai Independent Food Bank.

“We’ve had food drives by the Kauai High School cheerleaders and the volleyball teams,” said Kelvin Moniz, food bank interim director. “But nothing that involves the entire school.”

McKenna Lewis, president of the Compassion in Action club, said the organization of about 20 members wanted to have a lot of participation from the students, and got it.

“We approached Ms (Debbie) Lindsey, the school principal, and she was all for it,” Lewis said. “We spoke with Mr. Moniz and to encourage student participation, we offered a pizza party.”

Lewis said at the end of the drive, the club had collected more than 600 items.

Moniz said the KIFB welcomes the food, especially during this holiday season.

“This week, the food going out to the different participating partner agencies and the Uluwehi (emergency food requests) is more than 5,000 pounds,” Moniz said. “With the holidays, there is a greater demand for food and this drive will really help.”

The KIFB Holiday Food and Fund Drive continues through year’s end. The goal is 40,000 pounds of food and $40,000 in funds.

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