The Kauai Filipino Community Council hosts a variety of events that benefit the community throughout the year.
“This year, we thought to do something a little different from our usual Christmas caroling,” said Charmaine Bulosan, president of the KFCC. “We decided to try and collect food for the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch.”
The initial effort resulted in 209 pounds of food collected and $115 in cash which was turned over to Wes Perreira, warehouse supervisor for Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch Sunday during the KFCC Christmas party at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.
During previous caroling outings, the KFCC would accept donations for various community organizations.
“This year, we wanted a way to give back directly to the community, and what better way than to donate food for Kauai’s needy,” Bulosan said. “I think we were quite successful in raising awareness and getting our members to participate.”
Perreira said the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch thanks the KFCC for its efforts to help fight hunger on Kauai.
“Nearly 20 percent of our island residents are food insecure,” Perreira said. “This means they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. Our mission at Hawaii Foodbank is to make sure no one in our island ohana goes hungry. With great organizations like the KFCC, we are better able to provide food to our island needy which includes children, elderly, disabled, unemployed or underemployed.”
The KFCC was formed about 56 years ago with the mission of connecting the different Filipino clubs and organizations on the island, displaying its sense of community service by hosting the Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant, and a number of other community projects benefiting the community at large.