Students hungry to learn about food

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kelvin Moniz and Leona Perez of the Kauai Independent Food Bank explain about the pop that signals a bad can to St. Catherine School eighth-grade students who gathered at the KIFB facility in Nawiliwili to deliver results of their food drive and help Tuesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    St. Catherine School teacher Kristen Simczak and eighth-grade students segregate incoming food contributions Tuesday at the Kauai Independent Food Bank in Nawiliwili.

    Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    St. Catherine School teacher Kristen Simczak and eighth-grade students segregate incoming food contributions Tuesday at the Kauai Independent Food Bank in Nawiliwili.

NAWILIWILI — Would you eat food that is already expired? How about the dented can of food, how do you know it’s OK to consume?

Those were some of the experiences the eighth-grade students from St. Catherine School had Tuesday when they arrived at the Kauai Independent Food Bank warehouse with the results of their food drive. They collected 162 pounds of food.

“I want these students to learn how to do service projects,” said Kristen Simczak, teacher. “For a lot of these students, this is their final year in a Catholic school, and I wanted to make them aware of service and giving back.”

KIFB’s Leona Perez and Kelvin Moniz had the students go through a variety of tasks involved in getting food to those who need it.

One of these activities included the packing of backpack meals that led to an explanation of nutrition.

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