Corteva helps both food banks

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Corteva Agriscience’s Maricel Drave, Laurie Yoshida, from left, and Kristen Ma, center, and Chequita Loston, right, present the Kauai Independent Food Bank, represented by Kelvin Moniz, third from left, Cora Balocan, third from right, and Leona Perez, second from right, the KIFB portion of the Corteva food drive Wednesday afternoon at the KIFB Nawiliwili facility.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Wes Perreira and Chyenne Beach of the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch, standing in orange shirts, accept their portion of the Corteva Agriscience food drive presented Wednesday afternoon by Laurie Yoshida, standing center, and kneeling from left Maricel Drame, Kristen Ma and Chequita Loston, at the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch Puhi facility.

Corteva Agriscience crews conveniently broke down the results of its latest food drive to benefit both the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch and the Kauai Independent Food Bank Wednesday afternoon, when the deliveries were done.

The Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch received 1,235 pounds of food and $1,925 in checks and cash, and KIFB received 1,224 pounds of food and $1,925 in checks and cash.

“This is perfect,” said Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director. “This has all the kinds of food the kupuna like when they come for kupuna shopping.”

Laurie Yoshida of Corteva said in addition to the results of their companywide food drive, Corteva approved an additional $5,000 — $2,500 for each food bank.

“We’ve been doing food drives for the past seven years,” Yoshida said. “We skipped last year because of the Corteva merger. But this year, the timing is perfect because the Kauai County Farm Bureau (where Corteva was a title sponsor) is over, and we’re between seasons. We don’t need to worry about the Fall Festival yet because that doesn’t take place until Oct. 20.”

During the companywide drive, Yoshida said there were a lot of incentives for employee giving, including departmental competition, and even some corporate matching funds.

“This is all about community,” Yoshida said. “This one’s done. Now, we just get ready for the Fall Festival, Oct. 20, where we’ll have free pumpkins to give away.”


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or


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