Hawaii Foodbank kicks off annual food drive

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Paolo DiGiovanni

The Hawaii Foodbank teamed up with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to kick off "feed Hawaii's Hungry Month."

After a proclamation and speech from the mayor urging residents of Honolulu to help with donations, Caldwell and his cabinet participated in a "Fill the Fire Truck" event.  A fire truck from Honolulu FD was packed with 1,541 lbs of non-perishable foods and taken to the Hawaii Foodbank.

Last year the Hawaii Foodbank helped 183,500 people across the state with food donations.  Of those helped, 55,000 are children and 11,000 are seniors.  Over 14% of Hawaii's population receives help from the food bank, many of them having to chose between food, rent and other expenses.

"79% of  the client households do not know where their next meal is going to come from." said Mayor Kirk Caldwell,  "28% have to choose between food or rent or mortgage.  They could be the next homeless person out on the sidewalk and by the Foodbank's efforts, that helps them pay their rent or their mortgage."

Hawaii Foodbank hosts a number of events throughout the year.  Canned foods and monetary donations are highest in demand and help the needy in the community.

"We are asking  that people reach deep into their hearts and donate food or dollars.  We have 5 top  foods that we ask people to concentrate on.  That's the top foods that you'd like to have on your table when you sit down to have a meal" said Hawaii Food Bank Chair Sheri Rolf.  "Its canned meats,  canned meals, canned fruits, canned soups and canned vegetables.  All of those things are very much in supply and a ten dollar donation allows us to put food for 25 meals on a table."

Hawaii residents are urged to donate whatever they can.  Fire stations around the island are ready to accept donations all month long. The Hawaii Foodbank will host their 24th Annual Food Drive on Saturday, April 20.

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