Marriott ohana donates to holiday food drive

NAWILIWILI — Chuck Brady of the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club liked saying “four tons!”

Brady was among the representatives who accompanied a truckload of food to the Kauai Independent Food Bank facility Tuesday.

“We’ll be back with the 165 pounds,” Brady said when the total weight of the contribution was announced at 7,835 pounds. “’Four tons.’ I like saying that — we’ll make up the difference to make four tons.”

The Marriott food-drive contribution goes toward the Kauai Independent Food Bank’s Holiday Healthy Food and Fund Drive which has a goal of 40,000 pounds of food and $45,000.

“We got some help from the Cody’s Application and Waterproofing,” Brady said. “The crews have been working on the resort’s roof for several months, and when they saw our guys moving the food around, they asked what was going on. The superintendent took up a collection among the crew and contributed to the drive.”

Rowena Cobb, KIFB board president, thanked the Marriott group for their contribution.

“Whenever you see kids around the island, this contribution goes toward helping them,” Cobb said.

Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director, said the food goes toward the keiki after-school programs. He said more schools have been inquiring about having programs initiated at their respective schools.

Leona Perez, KIFB programs manager, said the delivery was timely because the shelves are running low, due in part to the increased demand for food during the holiday time.

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