PUHI — The National Association of Letter Carriers food drive finished with an 11 percent increase over last year, said Wes Perreira, Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch warehouse supervisor.
“We have been collecting contributions from as early as Saturday,” said Michelle Panoke, Hawaii Foodbank office manager. “Saturday was the big collection from the airport processing station and Lihue and Kapaa post offices.”
Perreira said there may be some residual collections coming in during the next week or two, but for the most part, this year’s total came in at 13,198 pounds, an increase of 11 percent over the 2015 total of 11,927 pounds.
Of the 15 listed post offices, the two stations with the biggest contributions are Kapaa with 4,966 pounds, an increase of 535 pounds over 2015, or a 12 percent increase. The Lihue post office followed at 3,718 pounds, an increase of 275 pounds over its 2015 collection, for an eight percent increase.
Three of the stations, Kaumakani, Kealia, and Makaweli, showed no collections for this year, although each of the stations had contributions in 2015.
The Kekaha post office showed the biggest gain from its 45-pound collection in 2015 to 156 pounds in 2016, an increase of 111 pounds, or 247 percent. Eleele post followed, rising from 97 pounds collected in 2015 to 176 pounds in 2016, an increase of 81 percent.
Anahola and the Kilauea/Princeville stations finished in a tie with 26 percent increases, Anahola going from 100 pounds in 2015 to 126 pounds in 2016 and the Kilauea/Princeville site going from 1,200 pounds in 2015 to 1,510 pounds in 2016.
Lihue NALC coordinator was Wanda Waiamau and the Kapaa NALC coordinator was Carlynn Ledward.