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.