Hawaii Foodbank program raises more than $280K to feed the hungry

Hawaii Foodbank program raises more than $280K to feed the hungry

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Foodbank, along with participating retailers and Kraft, announced the results of the 2015-2016 annual "Check-Out Hunger" program on Thursday.

Entering its 22nd year, the fundraising campaign aimed at helping to feed Hawaii's hungry during the holiday season raised a grand total of $288,519.53, seeing over a 12% increase from last year's total.

"I think it's a tremendous partnership with the community and it shows the dedication the community has for its people," said Stacy Cobb of Kraft.

From November 4, 2015, through January 20, 2016, shoppers were encouraged to make donations at participating retailers across the islands by tearing off a "Check-Out Hunger" coupon at the check-out stand. A $2.81 coupon fed a child breakfast for a week, a $12.43 coupon fed a senior lunch for a month, and a $16.84 coupon fed a family dinner for a week.  The amount of the coupon was added to the shoppers' grocery bill.

Participating locations included Times Supermarkets and Safeway Stores statewide, Tamura's Markets and Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors on Oahu and Maui, ChoiceMART and KTA Super Stores on Hawaii Island, Big Save Markets on Kauai, Don Quijote Stores on Oahu, Shima's Supermarket in Waimanalo, and Tamura Super Market in Waianae.

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