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LIHUE — Up to the very end, they donated.

“It’s amazing what you can do at the last minute,” said Wes Perreira, warehouse supervisor for the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch. “The results are more than we anticipated and will go a long way to helping the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch feed the needy.”

The Kauai County employees food drive that started on Nov. 17 and wrapped up Monday raised 882 pounds of food and $1,004 in monetary contributions for the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch.

“We had our own in-house contest which was won by the Office of the County Clerk with 23 pounds of food collected and $355 in cash contributions,” said Beth Tokioka, county spokeswoman.

Eleven departments chipped in during the drive.

Jenell Agas led the way in the in-house competition and the Office of the County Clerk received a $100 gift card from Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering.

“How fulfilling it has been for the Office of the County Clerk to participate in this great cause,” Agas said in an email. “What a surprise! Here’s to next year!”

The Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch is an agency of the Kauai United Way.

“Many of the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch needy are children, elderly, disabled, unemployed, underemployed, and working poor which make up nearly 20 percent of our population,” Wes said. “Out of 60,000 residents, that is a staggering statistic and unacceptable on Kauai.”

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