Hawaii Foodbank reaches food drive goal

Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle
Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle
Joshua Zamora
Joshua Zamora

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Foodbank has reached its goal of collecting one million meals worth of food and funds this year. More than 2,000 volunteers helped to collect, sort and pack donations at various sites for the 22nd Annual Food Drive on Saturday.

City workers answered the call to help feed Hawaii's hungry. A caravan pulled up loaded with urgently-needed donations.

"It's so hard. There is a lot more demand for the food. Unfortunate, but that's how times are," said Hawaii Foodbank chair Linda Chu Takayama.

Businesses also stopped by, bringing truckloads of food and some big checks.

"The latest study that we have shows that we are feeding 183,000 different people in our state every year. And of those 55,000 are children," Takayama said.

"We need this desperately. People are hungry in Hawaii and it's the people who can't afford it who are hungry, obviously, and we need to be able to help them. They shouldn't have to make a decision between rent and food. We need to get them food to eat now," said Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle.

The food drive also featured fun activities like the first Zumba Hunger Flash Mob. There was lots of entertainment for the hard-working volunteers standing in the hot sun collecting cash.

"I believe no one should go hungry. That's what our group believes in. That's why I think it's good that we're helping the Foodbank cause we know they need all the help they can get so I think it's a good thing," said Damien Memorial School student Joshua Zamora.