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Foodbank a Godsend for Navy veteran

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Michael McClain is 60.  This is his twentieth anniversary of using a wheelchair.

"The stroke put me in the hospital. First it was on the right side. Then it went on the left side.  So I had two strokes in one year," he said.

That was in 1994.  Since then the U.S. Navy veteran and former engineer's fixed income has left more month than money.  So he makes regular visits to food distribution sites that get supplies from the Hawaii Foodbank..

"You go into a store and you can only grab a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and two weeks later there's no food," he said.

Michael's food comes from distribution centers on the Leeward coast, including the Breakfast and Basket outreach at Wainae Baptist Church.

"Michael is a blessing and an encouragement to us because he has to get here on his wheelchair," outreach director Moana Silva said.

"We are so fortunate.  We live on an island not even 42 miles long, and there's like 18 different food banks.  So there's always one food bank that you can always go to when you don't have food in your home," McClain said.  "I think of the Foodbank as a Godsend.  You not only get food, you get fellowship."

Michael's become part of the church's family.

"He offers to help us, and he's in a wheelchair.  But we're just glad that he can come," Silva said.

Michael doesn't keep all the food he gets.  He shares with neighbors in need -- just like the Hawaii Foodbank.

"Greed has nothing to do with all this. It's all about giving," he said.

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