Help feed Hawaii's hungry at the Foodbank's 23rd Annual Food Drive

By: Ian Scheuring

HONOLULU, HI (HawaiiNewsNow) – The staff of the Hawaii Foodbank will be the first to tell you that feeding nearly 185,000 people every year is no easy task—it requires nearly 12 million pounds of food to do so annually, after all.

Across the state, around 55,000 children—one in every five—live in a household that is unsure where it will get its next meal. More than 11,000 senior citizens face the same challenges.

On Saturday, the Hawaii Foodbank will hold its 23rd Annual Food Drive Day at locations across the state, and Hawaii News Now will be on-hand at Waterfront Plaza to help the Foodbank conquer the "One Million Meals Challenge." The goal? To raise enough food and funds from January 26 to April 21 to help distribute one million meals to the less fortunate in Hawaii.

More than 3,000 volunteers will be at nine community collection sites across the island, and they need your help. A $10 donation enables the Hawaii Foodbank to distribute food for 25 meals. Canned foods—especially meats, soups, fruits, and vegetables—and meals like spaghetti and chili are also in high demand.

And when you come out to support at your local collection site… Why not have a little fun!

We'll be at Waterfront Plaza from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and we won't be alone. We're bringing a dunking booth with us! Take a look at when your favorite local celebrity will be getting wet… If you can sink them!

Shawn Ching, 10:30-11:00am
Keahi Tucker, 11:00-11:30am
Teri Okita, 11:30-11:45am
Stephanie Lum, 11:45am-12:00pm
Guy Hagi, 12:00-12:30pm
Chris Tanaka, 12:30-1:00pm
Steve Uyehara, 1:00-1:30pm
Sweetie Pacarro, 1:30-2:00pm
Chad Owens, 2:00-2:15pm

While you're busy donating and dunking our anchors and reporters, catch DJs from KSSK as they play music throughout the day, and don't miss out when Perry and Price go LIVE from Waterfront Plaza at 12:00 p.m.

Here's a look at which other locations will be accepting food and monetary donations on Oahu:
Waterfront Plaza
Koko Marina Center
McCully Shopping Center
Pearl City Shopping Center
Pearl Highlands Shopping Center
Tamura Superette
Town Center of Mililani
Waianae Mall Shopping Center
Waianae Store
Waiokeola Congregational Church, Kahala
Windward City Shopping Center

Here is where you can help donate on Kauai:
Big Save, Eleele
Foodland, Princeville
Safeway, Kapaa
Walmart, Lihue

Additionally, all KFC locations across Oahu will host Change Angel sites  and collect monetary donations, as will Foodland in Market City Shopping Center, Securitas at Alakawa Street and Dillingham Boulevard, and The Pampered Chef in Kapolei Commons.

Nonperishable food items are accepted year-round at Ruby Tuesday restaurants, Napa Auto Parts Hawaii, Hard Rock Café, StorSecure Self-Storage in Kapolei, and Cutter Ford/Mitsubishi.

To place a secure online monetary donation, visit or send a check to…

The Hawaii Foodbank Annual Food Drive
2611 Kilihau Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Anyone with further questions can contact the Hawaii Foodbank at 808-836-3600.

Mahalo for your support, and we'll see you Saturday!

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