Girl Scouts appreciated

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Lesah Merritt, the Safeway Hokulei manager, joins Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch’s Dave Stokley and Girl Scouts from Troop 823 during the Volunteer Appreciation Day effort at promoting the Safeway Feed the Need food drive, Saturday.

LIHUE — Lesah Merritt, manager at the Safeway Store, Hokulei Village, is no stranger to leading food drives.

Saturday, she got help from Girl Scouts from Troop 823, Lihue, who manned a live display promoting the store’s Feed the Need drive benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank, Kauai Branch through its involvement with the Second Harvest.

“We’re not in the lead,” Merritt said. “Kaneohe is way ahead of us. I think they have someone manning the displays every day.”

The Feed the Need drive is voluntary with shoppers contributing $10 at the register and Safeway donating an assortment of goods to Second Harvest. The drive continues through the end of December.

The Safeway store at Hokulei Village leads the Kauai effort with 1,083 bags sold followed by the Kauai Village location moving 364 bags.

During the Volunteer Appreciation Day event, Saturday, Safeway Hokulei moved 287 bags with the help of the Girl Scouts, compared to its budget of 50 bags. The Kauai Village store moved 60 bags.

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