LIHUE — The food was not just physical Sunday night during the Bible study gathering of the Church of Christ, Kalaheo and Lihue congregations at the Island School cafeteria.
Instead, the 802 pounds of food contributed to the Kauai Independent Food Bank came with each piece backed by the inspiring words of God, said Ed Gaper, one of the Church of Christ leaders.
Presented under the church’s Aid to Humanity program, the contribution to the Kauai Independent Food Bank was one that was being done around the state, the country, and throughout the 152-temple international organization.
“This goes back to the old plantation days,” said Kelvin Moniz, executive director of the Kauai Independent Food Bank. “Helping one another has been a part of life on Kauai for generations. This is tradition where we are taught to kokua — to help each other in times of need.”
Gaper said this was not the first contribution of food to help with homelessness and hunger through the Aid to Humanity program. It won’t be the last.
Moniz said the collected food will help the food bank continue to feed young children and kupuna through its programs that include the after-school healthy snacks program where 758 keiki were served during the last school year.
More than 240 keiki with food insecurity were recipients of the backpack program where each pack was filled with five to seven weekend meals, and more than 115 kupuna enjoy monthly visits to the KIFB Nawiliwili facility to received a heart-healthy and well-rounded food package.
“The kokua you provide to help fight hunger is a tradition worth continuing,” Moniz said. “Thank you.”