County Employee Council gives cash for food

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch’s Chyenne Beach, Tish Ruiz and Advisory Board member Lesah Merritt, and Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank Executive Director Kelvin Moniz, listen Wednesday as Kaleo Carvalho of the County of Kaua‘i Employees Council and Mayor Derek Kawakami, backs to camera, thank the food banks for the efforts they go through to keep Kaua‘i’s people fed.

LIHU‘E — The two food banks on Kaua‘i — the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank and the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch — were recipients of cash from the county’s Employee Council, and received Mayor Derek Kawakami’s appreciation for the work they do to help keep the people of Kaua‘i from going hungry.

“You folks are at every corner I turn, passing out food to help keep the people fed,” said Kawakami.

The food banks each received $5,056, representing the collection by the Employee Council.

“We couldn’t collect food because of the pandemic,” said Kaleo Carvalho, representing the Employees Council. “Instead, we collected money. Money goes a lot farther than actual food.”

Chyenne Beach of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch nodded silently at Carvalho’s words as she accepted a token basket of food and the $5,056 that represented two weeks of collection by the Employee Council, with more than 130 employees digging into their pockets.

The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank earlier this week teamed with the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs to have 100 food packages delivered to homebound kupuna.

For the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch, there are more contributions to pick up ahead of a food distribution with the Kaua‘i Filipino Women’s Club coming up Saturday, May 15, at the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center in Puhi.

  1. RGLadder37 April 30, 2021 5:15 am Reply

    Why would anybody give cash for food? Unless some of you are part time mother Teresa. Is that it? This is like doing good deeds. And counts for something. Don’t you have anything you want to spend your money on? Like yourself. I think it’s okay. But, helping out the few, is among the few. If you get my point. The rich never give any money to help out. They keep all of their money. So the people giving, are the few.

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