Friday is the eve of the big Hawaii Foodbank food drive and companies around Oahu are counting up their donations.
Here at Hawaii News Now we upped the ante with a little inter-office challenge.
Last week a line through our newsroom lead to a bevy of baked on the ground floor as everyone filling in to feed the hungry.
Not to be outdone, the sales and operations crew on the second floor.
“Whoever brings in the most food wins and right now the second floor is hosting an amazing bake sale,” said Melanie Joseph of the Hawaii News Now marketing department.
Amazing indeed, but in this friendly competition the first floor news peeps are bringing it.
And as the cash piled, the crew went shopping and come back with a heavy load.
“Canned goods would be great so we can stock up our warehouse to a 30 day supply,” said Kim Bartenstein, the food drive manager. “But monetary donations would also be great, every ten dollars can provide 25 meals.”
At 40 cents a meal that's a good value, one that goes towards helping people like Kai, on the beach in Kalaeloa.
“It means a whole lot because sometimes you don't know when your next meal is coming up and one can of food can be the next meal for anyone,” Kai said.
And that's why we're piling up the cans.
Now after weeks of fundraising and raiding our pantries the two floors met on the stairwell to reveal the winner of the Hawaii News Now interoffice competition.
With 3,614 pounds of food collected the sales and operations department were declared the winner!
The newsroom brought in an impressive 2,505 pounds.
All together, Hawaii News Now raised more than 6,000 pounds of food, almost 2,000 more than last year.