POIPU — Sheraton Kauai Resort General Manager Chip Bahouth and a group of associates took a break from business Friday to donate a pickup truck to the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch.
“Business is really good right now,” Bahouth said. “We have good people working, the hotel is booked solid, and the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch, is one of those people who keeps the community going.”
Wes Perreira, Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch warehouse supervisor, said the truck comes at an opportune time.
“It’s going to be used to help widen our distribution,” Perreira said. “A lot of the people who represent the agencies are elderly and when they come to get food, they’re driving their Toyota Corollas and other small cars. This truck will allow deliveries of bigger loads than cars are capable of carrying.”
The Sheraton Kauai is no stranger to contributing to the food banks on the island. Its “Dine Out, We Donate” campaign centers around Table No. 53 at the RumFire at Poipu Beach and helps with fundraising efforts for the food bank.
Currently, the campaign raised more than $32,000 for Kauai charities in 2014, and benefits the Kauai Hospice in January.
Sheraton Kauai also donated a van to the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch several years ago.
“The van is still running,” Perreira said. “It is used to help get food to the agencies. The truck will join the van in delivering food to the agencies.”