HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Recent flood disasters on Kauai and East Oahu served as reminders of how quickly things can be taken away, especially the security of residents' next meal.
That's why the Hawaii Foodbank is urging people to donate money and canned goods.
The Ala Moana Hotel has been working with the Foodbank for 15 years to raise both money and food for those in need.
This year, they've already raised $20,000 in cash donations – and they've collected quite a bit of food.
"Every year we set ourselves some pretty aggressive goals as to how much food we can also raise, not just cash," said Craig Smith, area general manager of the Mantra Group. "So this year we're raising 3,000 pounds of food and we're well on our way to achieve those goals."
Hotel staff chip in ever year. The hotel also runs an incentive with guests for a free breakfast if they donate.
An estimated one in five people in Hawaii use the Foodbank.