Homeless veterans benefit from Grove Farm food drive

LIHUE — The Grove Farm Company former board president Dan Case always used to ask about the homeless veterans, said Sharyl Lam Yuen.

“Homeless veterans was a subject close to his heart,” said Lam Yuen, organizer of a Grove Farm Company food drive. “He was always concerned about being able to help homeless veterans.”

The Grove Farm Company donated more than 350 pounds of food to the Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System Homeless Program Thursday at the Solipsys Veterans Center on Pahee Street in Lihue.

The load was accepted by Todd Gordon, a social worker with the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing.

“Food always helps,” Gordon said. “We’re in the midst of the Point In Time homeless count and having food always helps with the homeless outreach efforts.”

Marissa Sandblom, a Grove Farm vice president, said the food drive was also bolstered by voluntary contributions from the community.

“When people and organizations inquire about using our conference room, or for access for fishing, we ask them to voluntarily donate food for these services,” Sandblom said. “These contributions are all voluntarily done when people come in.”

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