Hawaii Foodbank ‘pay it forward’

PUHI — The morning rain could not dampen the happiness from Momi Machado of Nana’s House in Waimea Tuesday morning.

“We’ll be celebrating our 20th anniversary shortly,” Machado said. “We can surely use this help.”

Michelle Panoke, office manager for the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch, turned over the keys to a pickup.

“The agencies use this vehicle for their food pantry programs,” Panoke said. “Child and Family Service use it a lot more than other agencies because they service Nana’s House and Hale Ho‘omalu. This truck was donated to us by the Sheraton Kauai, and we would like to pay it forward to help CFS better operate their food pantry.”

Panoke said the pickup truck is the second donation the Hawaii Foodbank has done to help an agency with their food pantry.

“Last year, we donated our van to the Lihue Court Townhomes,” Panoke said.

Machado said Nana’s House goes through more than a thousand pounds of food each week.

“On our highest usage, we actually reached 1,700 pounds,” Machado said. “Normally, we use between 1,000 to 1,500 pounds weekly.”

William Harrington, CFS program director for community place, said CFS, between Nana’s House and Hale Ho‘omalu, go through an average 3,000 pounds each week through their food pantry program.

The pickup’s primary use is to help the food pantries at both locations.

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