It's frustrating to see year-in-year-out how wages for Hawaii workers seem to fall further behind the cost of living here, and especially housing.
It's one of the reasons too many of our neighbors go to bed hungry at night.
Experts say one in five residents needs the help of a soup kitchen or charity food pantry. That's 287,000 people – including 47,000 children.
That challenge is what the Hawaii Food Bank is up against this weekend with its 29th annual food drive.
With the help of hundreds of volunteers and at sites offered by local businesses all over Oahu, its goal is to collect food and money enough for a million meals on a single Saturday.
Hawaii News Now is a proud partner of the Hawaii Food Bank and our employees will be out in force that day – with our anchors and reporters helping out at restaurant row from 8 am to 2 pm.
Come on down and say hi and hand them your donation.
We will also have more information on our air and on line this week.
You may have already donated through one of the hundreds of food drives being held at businesses, schools and other offices across the island. For that Mahalo.
Let's have fun with this but never forget the very real struggle of Hawaii families and our role in supporting them.