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 firstname.lastname@example.org.