Youth help with holiday food drive

NAWILIWILI — The youth on Kauai helped the Kauai Independent Food Bank with contributions of food totaling more than 1,000 pounds Thursday.

Kalaheo School’s kindergarten class, led by teacher Sharlyn Kanna, earned the privilege of turning over 761 pounds of food to Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director, and Rizalde Tolentino, KIFB warehouse supervisor. The class won the school’s contest for bringing in the most food.

“This is food that will be used to help with the Keiki Cafe program,” Moniz said. “Kalaheo School has a Keiki Cafe, and this food helps take care of some of the keiki here at this school.”

Jennifer Veeck, the Girl Scout leader for Troop 102, Kapaa, is familiar with school-aged children needing food because she works at a school.

“One day, I’d like to see a food-pantry program at the schools,” she said. “I saw this on the mainland, and it would be great to have this at our schools to help children with their food. I know the food bank needs rice so we stopped off to pick up a bag for this drive, too.”

Girl Scout Troop 102 joined Troop 2150 of Lihue to unload 257 pounds of food at the KIFB warehouse Thursday afternoon, bringing the total to 1,018 pounds for KIFB.

“We do joint projects like this all the time,” said Rae Gampon, leader of Troop 2150. “We call each other and get together to do the drive.”

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