HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Volunteers fanned out at locations across the state Saturday for the annual food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank.
Waterfront Plaza along Ala Moana Boulevard was just one spot where people could give to the cause, "To donate food to the people who don't have food," as Paisley Asato put it. Paisley is a kindergarten student at Punahou who dropped off a donation of canned goods after her class visited the Foodbank warehouse.
The number of people who don't have food is still rising in Hawaii. "Last year we distributed over 12 million pounds of food out of our warehouse. And this year 'were expecting to deliver more than that," said Sherri Rolf, the chair of the annual food drive. "The need is growing."
The volunteers also came from companies who donated food, money and time. "This is the firth year that we've been involved with the food bank, second year that we're participating in the event, so it's becoming a regular event that our people decided to do to help out the community," said Kevin Vegas of Grainger Industrial Supplies, which donated $10,000 and had several people on hand to take in, sort and box canned goods.
Members of the Kaikamahine fast-pitch softball team dropped off their donations as well. "We collected a basket full of them," said coach Bill Richardson. "Each girl brought it to practice throughout the week, and hopefully we help out a little bit."
While canned goods were being accepted, so were the dollars, which are still important to the Foodbank. "the food isn't actually enough, so we use the dollars to bring in food, which we buy in bulk and ship in by the container load, so every little bit helps," said the Foodbank's Linda Takayama.
People who weren't able to donate today can contribute at any time by visiting HawaiiFoodbank.org.