2 food banks receive huge donations

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch, including Branch Manager Wes Perreira, left, Chyenne Beach, second from left, Tish Ruiz, fifth from right, Lee Remigio, third from right, and Melissa Ragasa, fifth from left, accept 600 bags of rice (each weighing 20 pounds) from Lesah Merritt, third from left, and the Safeway store crew at Hokulei Village Shopping Center in Puhi Monday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank Executive Director Kelvin Moniz, third from right, and the staff of KIFB, accept a check for $17,655.64 from representatives of Kaua‘i’s federal credit unions, including Gather FCU, Kaua‘i Government Employees FCU, Garden Island FCU and the Kaua‘i Teachers FCU at the KIFB warehouse in Nawiliwili Tuesday.

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch, including Branch Manager Wes Perreira and team accepted 600 bags of rice (each weighing 20 pounds) from Lesah Merritt and the Safeway store crew at Hokulei Village Shopping Center in Puhi Monday. The rice was donated by shoppers during the store’s RiceGiving drive last weekend at both the Kaua‘i Village store in Weipouli and Puhi store. Safeway is currently hosting its Hunger Bag drive that started last week. Shoppers are able to feed a family of four for a $10 contribution to the Hunger Bag.

Across town, Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank Executive Director Kelvin Moniz and the staff of KIFB, accepted a check for $17,655.64 from representatives of Kaua‘i’s federal credit unions, including Gather FCU, Kaua‘i Government Employees FCU, Garden Island FCU and the Kaua‘i Teachers FCU at the KIFB warehouse in Nawiliwili Tuesday. The credit unions’ contribution represented proceeds of its 2020 food drive that surpassed its $15,000 goal.

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