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Kaua‘i Judiciary helps feed people

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i received a boost on Friday, when members of the Kaua‘i Judiciary provided the food bank with a contribution of $1,532, and 139 pounds of food.

The food, which included Spam, rice and pasta, was a result of the Kaua‘i Judiciary’s recent bake sale.

“We’re lucky everyone is a good cook,” said Anita Applegate of the Kaua‘i Judiciary. “We all buy each others’ stuff. And, there are other employees who just bring in food to donate, too.”

Applegate said the Kaua‘i Judiciary holds two of these fundraising for charities events a year. This latest one benefited the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i. The next planned event will take place in October to help the Kaua‘i United Way.

Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke and Michael Luke, co-chairs of the State Employees’ Food Drive, invited all state employees to participate in support of Hawai‘i Foodbank’ mission to nourish our ‘ohana and end hunger.

During this critical time of need, every donation gives more than just food, the Hawai‘i Foodbank said. For hungry keiki, kupuna and families across Hawai‘i, it provides nourishment, hope, courage, and aloha.

The overall goal of the 2023 State Employees’ Food Drive is 70,000 pounds of food and $150,000 in monetary donations, which will help provide food for 380,833 meals to feed our neighbors.

Each year, Kelli Barsness of the Fifth Judiciary Circuit coordinates and leads a bake sale to help fundraise for the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i. This is a one-day bake sale, and through her and her team’s efforts, they were able to raise enough to provide more than 3,400 meals to the 1 in 6 residents facing food insecurity on Kaua‘i, said Tisha Remigio of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i.

“Last year, we were able to see the tail end of the courts’ one-day bake sale, and my, oh my, the baked goods looked so delicious. I’m sure it was the same this year, if not better,” Remigio said.

“The Fifth Judiciary Circuit team holds the record for the highest funds raised for the State Coalition on Kaua‘i. We can’t thank them enough for their hunger-relief efforts. Their donation provides so much value to the people we serve. Mahalo for fueling our mission, and making sure no one goes to bed hungry.”

The Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i works with a mission of nourishing our ‘ohana, today, and works to end hunger tomorrow.
Source: The Garden Island

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