Kumu’s Cupboard earns $5,000

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Elyse Litvack, second from left, and Sharon Lasker, right, founders of Kumu’s Cupboard, accept a Grove Farm $5,000 Challenge Grant from Koa Duncan, Grove Farm Project Specialist, and Sharyl Lam Yuen, secretary of the Grove Farm Foundation, Wednesday at the Grove Farm offices.

PUHI — Elyse Litvack, a founder and president of Kumu’s Cupboard, was battling the morning traffic to get to the Grove Farm office in Puhi.

Her desperation was caused because Kumu’s Cupboard was the recipient of a $5,000 Challenge Grant offered by the Grove Farm Foundation.

Litvack has been working for several weeks to get Kumu’s Cupboard qualified for the award, manning volunteer gift wrapping stations at the Kukui Grove Center during the busy holiday season while publicizing the plea for help.

Sharyl Lam Yuen, secretary for the Grove Farm Foundation, said under terms of the grant, the qualifying nonprofit organization would receive matching contributions to a maximum of $5,000 through the month of December.

“Kumu’s Cupboard worked hard,” Lam Yuen said. “They exceeded the ceiling and will be granted $5,000.”

Kumu’s Cupboard is a nonprofit store where educators can shop for supplies, materials, and student incentives for free.

Founded two years ago by Litvack and Sharon Lasker, Kumu’s Cupboard has more than 600 educators registered to shop.

We welcome input from our educators on items they would use,” Litvack said.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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