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Hawaii Foodbank meets million meals challenge

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A massive push to replenish a nonprofit's dwindling food supply wrapped up on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers spread out at eight locations across Oahu to help feed Hawaii's hungry. Their dedication helped the Hawaii Foodbank meet its goal of collecting enough cash and food donations for one million meals.

"A short illness, somebody loses a job in the family, maybe one of their three jobs, and all of a sudden they need a little extra help. That's where we can step in," said Linda Chu Takayama of the Hawaii Foodbank.

The Hawaii Foodbank has been helping needy families for 25 years. The agency likes to have a 20-day supply of food in its warehouse, but right now items are running low.

"We're usually sitting maybe 13, 14, 11, but never 8 (days). This is really a low period for us," said Sheri Rolf of the Hawaii Foodbank.

"At Job Corps we get three square meals a day for free, and I know that a lot of us at Job Corps, not just me have been in the situation where we would need something like the foodbank, and it's just really awesome to be able to give back," said volunteer Catherine Stout.

The Hawaii News Now team made a splash in the dunking for dollars booth at the Restaurant Row collection site.

The Hawaii Foodbank distributed more than 13 million pounds of food to 250 charitable agencies last year. Even though the economy is improving, many families still need a helping hand.

"Electricity costs have gone up, food costs have gone up and many folks, families, are living paycheck to paycheck. It doesn't take much to kind of put them just beyond their means," said Chu Takayama.

For more information on how you can help, go to http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org/WaysToGive.aspx

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