Hawaii Foodbank holds 26th annual food drive - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii Foodbank holds 26th annual food drive

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After running low on supplies, the Hawaii Foodbank's warehouse is full once again, thanks to generous donors.

Three thousand volunteers spread out across the state Saturday to help feed hungry families by helping the non-profit collect healthy meals and monetary donations.

"There's a lot of variety, a lot of really good, high protein food, fruits, vegetables, and things that are expensive for people in need to buy in the store," said Linda Chu Takayama of the Hawaii Foodbank.

The agency distributes food to more than 200 charities statewide.

And the need, "Sad to say, it's been increasing over the years, so we're now at 237,000 individuals in our state, about one in five people are getting food from the Foodbank," said Takayama.

"A lot of people have lost their jobs and they're still trying to get back on their feet," said Jackie Ferguson-Miyamoto, a volunteer from the HGEA. "The foodbank is a huge, huge help for our community,"

While some volunteers unloaded the donations from vehicles ... others sorted the canned goods and packed them up.

"It's fantastic. It's so exciting. And that's what brings us back every year. we've been doing it for so many years. it's exciting. we know people are wanting to give and this is a way they can easily do it," said Ferguson-Miyamoto.

Hawaii News Now also helped to raise some cash by making a splash in the dunk tank.

With everyone pitching in the Hawaii Foodbank reached its goal of one million meals by the end of the day.

Related link: Hawaii Foodbank

Copyright 2015 HawaiiNewsNow. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly