Help feed Hawaii's hungry at the annual Foodbank Food Drive

Plate lunch or feed the hungry?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Foodbank's goal for Saturday's annual food and fund drive is to collect enough to provide one million meals.

Sounds daunting, but it's doable if everyone pitches in. Instead of plunking down ten bucks for take out in the next day or two, chew on this.

"That $10.00 dollars can actually provide at least 25 meals. It makes a huge difference for the people that we serve, and that's 183,000 people, including 55,000 of our kids," said Polly Kauahi, Hawaii Foodbank director of development.

She packed a basket that shows the purchasing power of a $10.00 donation. It held canned goods, pasta, and other foodstuffs.

"It may not be exactly what you want," Kauahi said. "But it is a meal that is going to fill a child or a senior or a family's stomach."

This past year, the Foodbank had to buy more food than it ever has, in excess of three million pounds.

"Hopefully, that is not something that we're going to have to sustain for the long term. But right now that's the situation that we're in," Kauahi said.

Saturday's drive is statewide. Every gift is appreciated, even if it's less than you gave last year.

"So you may be only able to give three cans of spam versus the six that you gave, or two cans of corn," she said.

On Wednesday, the Foodbank warehouse in Mapunapuna had enough stock on hand to meet ten day's worth of demand from agencies and groups who shop there. It's an ebb and flow to feed Hawaii's hungry.

Back to the plate lunch illustration.

"If you think about it, you can go on-line to and you can give that same $10.00. And you'll be able to help us provide food for at least 25 meals for somebody in need. And that's how it gets done," Kauahi said.

That's food for thought.

***** Help feed Hawaii's hungry by donating at the 24th Annual Hawaii Foodbank Food Drive on Saturday, April 20.

Please drop off nonperishable food donations at any Foodbank collection site:


Waterfront Plaza

Koko Marina

McCully Shopping Center

Pearl Highlands Center

Town Center of Mililani

Waianae Mall Shopping Center

Waiokeola Congregational Church

Windward City Shopping Center


Safeway (Kapaa)

Foodland (Princeville)

Walmart (Lihue)

Big Save (Koloa)

Big Save (Waimea)

Kmart (Lihue)

The Top 5 Most Wanted items are: financial contributions, canned meats, canned meals, canned vegetables and canned fruits.  This year, we are striving to collect One Million Meals worth of food and funds.

Bring your dollars and dunk your favorite Hawaii News Now Anchor at the Waterfront Plaza food drive! 

Dunking Booth:

11:00am-11:30am       Steve Uyehara

11:30am-11:45am       Chris Tanaka

11:45am-12:00pm       Guy Hagi

12:00pm-12:30pm       Mark Platte

12:30pm-12:45pm       Tannya Joaquin

12:45pm-1:00pm         Mark Carpenter

We may even have a surprise dunker!!!!

Volunteers are needed for Food Drive Day on Saturday, April 20.  Shifts: 8am-12pm and 11:30am-3pm. Sign up to join a site near you by calling 836-3600, ext. 239 or email

Volunteer duties include:

  • Sign waving
  • Fish netting for dollars
  • Food collection
  • Food sorting
  • Refreshments
  • Registration & information
  • Clean up

For more information go to

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