From one bank to another

NAWILIWILI — It’s hard to realize there are youngsters on Kauai who have to worry about food, said Rowena Cobb, president of the Kauai Independent Food Bank board.

“We don’t see these youngsters because we put food on the table for our kids,” Cobb said. “And yet, there are those who are not able to do this, and there are kids who need help getting food.”

Cobb was addressing representatives of Kauai’s credit unions, who gathered at the KIFB facility in Nawiliwili to recap their monthlong food drive with a theme of “End Hunger in 2014” Wednesday.

The credit unions raised $11,609.39 and collected 6,437 pounds.

“This success is due to the generosity of the credit union members, and above that, the staff at each credit union for the effort, including the rummage and bake sales, they put in to make this work,” said Mel Chiba of the Kauai Community Federal Credit Union. 

Lisa Murphy Allison of the Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union said combining the credit unions for a singular effort was a brilliant idea.

“We all did food drives, but at different times,” Allison said. “In October, we celebrated National Credit Union Week which demonstrates the impact credit unions have in the communities they serve.”

Irving Soto of the KCFCU said they wanted to raise awareness of how food drives help families.

“The bottom line is that food and money collected on Kauai stays on Kauai and helps feed the island’s hungry families,” she said.

The KIFB holiday food and fund drive continues through Dec. 31 with a goal of raising $40,000 and 40,000 pounds of food.

Donations of nonperishable food are accepted at any Kauai fire station or at the Nawiliwili facility of KIFB, 3285 Waapa Road.


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