Local pilots donate to Hawaii Foodbank

Polly Kauahi
Polly Kauahi
Eric Sampson
Eric Sampson

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Today is May 1st, which means it's International Labor Day.

To recognize the day, the labor union representing the pilots of Hawaiian Airlines, paid a much-needed visit to the Hawaii Foodbank.

"We got 3,475 pounds, which is a great surprise to them," said Polly Kauahi, director of development with the Hawaii Foodbank.

"Monetary donations? It came out to $1,500," said Eric Sampson with the Air Line Pilots Association.

It wraps up a two-week food drive.

"We consider any campaign to feed Hawaii's hungry is a worthwhile campaign and a charitable event," said Sampson.

This is a big boost to the supplies, which have dwindled, since the economy took a turn. It's also a crucial time of the year, because kids, will soon be home for their summer break.

"So when they don't have that school breakfast, or that school lunch, they are raiding their pantries, their cabinets and their refrigerators and there just isn't enough food to go around," said Kauahi.

The Hawaii Foodbank says this couldn't have come, at a better time.

"It's the right thing to do and the pilots feel good about it," said Sampson.