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Hawaii Foodbank's 'Check-Out Hunger' program kicks off

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Foodbank kicked off a fundraising campaign Tuesday. This comes as the agency faces a shortage of canned meals.

On Tuesday, Kraft Foods donates $5,000 to the Check-Out Hunger program.

The Foodbank is down to a 13-day supply of food at its warehouse.

There are still canned items like pumpkin mix and tomatoes, but there are no canned meals like meats or soups.

The agency says the last time this happened was right after 9-11.

"It is a source of food that so many of our families that we are serving really need. It's the only way they can eat so while it's not an emergency situation, we do have to replenish these canned goods right away," Hawaii Foodbank's Polly Kauahi said.

"There's a big hunger problem here in Hawaii and so we just figured there's a good linkage between what Kraft does and helping out the foodbank," Kraft Foods' Gerald Shintaku said.

The Check-Out Hunger program runs through Jan. 10.

You can make a donation that will be added to you grocery bill at participating supermarkets.

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