Kokua No Ka Ohana pop-up distributions to began Sept. 24

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lee Remigio of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch, second from right, leads the food bank’s ‘ohana in a briefing prior to releasing the cars during the Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana food distribution Thursday at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch staff signal the release of cars Thursday during the Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana food distribution at Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — To keep food flowing to its highest-need communities, the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch has launched a series of pop-up food distributions across the island.

Called Kokua No Ka ‘Ohana (Help for Families), the food distributions kicked off on Sept. 24 and will be held weekly through Nov. 19.

“We organized these food distributions in order to meet the growing need,” said Wes Perreira, Hawai‘i Foodbank Kauai Branch director. “Our pop-up food distributions will provide emergency food, fresh produce and other items to vulnerable households who have lost access to food due to COVID-19.”

The Kokua No Ka Ohana schedule of distributions follows (all dates except Kekaha are Thursdays):

• Oct. 1, Kilauea, Common Ground;

• Oct. 8, Hanapepe Stadium;

• Saturday, Oct. 17, Kekaha H.P. Faye Park;

• Oct. 22, Kapa‘a, Bryan Baptiste Sports Complex;

• Oct. 29, Koloa, St. Raphael Church;

• Nov. 5, Anahola (location pending);

• Nov. 12, Kapa‘a, Bryan Baptiste Sports Complex;

• Nov. 19, Lihue, Vidinha Stadium

The distributions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Each distribution will provide food assistance for 300 to 600 households, depending on location. Preregistration is required.

Participants must be in vehicles to receive assistance, and there will be a two-family limit per vehicle.

Recipients should bring the following items to the food distribution site:

• Printed or electronic version of reservation confirmation ticket;

• Valid government-issued ID for each household (an adult from each household must be present).

In addition, before attending the distribution, individuals are asked to empty their vehicle’s back seat, trunk, hatchback, and/or tailgate to be prepared to receive food. Participants will be asked to remain in their vehicles as volunteers do their best to follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding social distancing.

To register or for more information, visit hawaiifoodbank.org/kauai-pop-up.

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