Eleele Elementary School food drive nets 1,735 pounds

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch’s Chyenne Beach helps ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School student Caelan Gonzales load part of the 1,735 pounds of food, Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School staff help Michelle Panoke of the Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch load the 1,735 pounds of food collected during the school’s two-week food drive.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch’s Chyenne Beach and Michelle Panoke accept 1,735 pounds of food from ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School students Courtney Faria, in blue, and Maileia Arbilera, in grey, Wednesday at the school’s former cafeteria.

‘ELE‘ELE — The aftermath of overnight heavy rains was a perfect window for the Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch who stopped off at the ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School on Wednesday.

Michelle Panoke and Chyenne Beach were not dropping off material for the school’s food pantry program, but instead collecting 1,735 pounds of nonperishable food that the ‘Ele‘ele School Mustangs collected during a two-week food drive by students and families of grades PK through Grade 5.

‘Ele‘ele School staff, including principal Allison Carveiro, helped move the wide variety of canned goods, packaged pasta, saimin, and even snack items in the clear morning air cooled by winds from the cold front.

The Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Branch also fuels the ‘Ele‘ele School food pantry program that offers take-home help for students with their food needs, something that is welcomed especially during these unprecedented times of COVID-19.

  1. I saw a Vampire once February 4, 2021 1:58 am Reply

    Food drive again? Sharing the foods on Kaua’i. I eat out only. So I don’t really stock up on foods. That’s the in thing. I don’t know who actually donates foods.

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