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Both island food banks receive collections

NAWILIWILI — The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank took a day off from distributing food, and instead welcomed people donating food to help with relief efforts during this COVID-19 time of need.

Jo Evans of Foto4Food put off her appointment with a client to drop off 222 pounds of food and $40 that resulted from a food drive hosted by Lori Koga and the Tanaka ‘ohana.

Koga hosted a “Fishing for Hope” mural unveiling at M. Tanaka Store on Kalena Street in Lihu‘e, with the food drive being part of the celebration of the work by muralists Trysen Kaneshige and Seth Womble for the Kaua‘i Resiliency Project and the Kaua‘i Planning &Action Alliance’s Keiki to Career program.

“Lori also gave some tip money,” Evans said. “But that’s going to be donated, too. And, they even called for more food — a bag of rice and a case of Spam — that we picked up this week. What an amazing thing to do for the community.”

Coming on the heels of unpacking Evans’ pickup, Donna Rice showed up with a small load from the ongoing Kaua‘i Board of Realtors food drive — OneCanIfCan — that benefits both the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i Branch and KIFB.

“The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank has been taking care of the fire stations that are drop-off points for the food drive,” Rice said. “But I’m a North Shore girl, and since I was coming into town I picked up what was available at the Hanalei station.”

Kelvin Moniz, KIFB executive director, said the staff was catching their breath Fridy following an employee distribution at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach in Waipouli Thursday.

“We need to regroup,” Moniz said. “We have more big distributions next week, including the Westin Princeville employees and the surrounding community of resorts’ employees that will amount to about 400 packages.”
Source: The Garden Island

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