1 million meals: Volunteers exceed fund raising goal in annual food drive

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With donation drives being held across the state Saturday, hundreds of volunteers got to work for the Hawaii Food Bank.

And there was no shortage of generosity.

On Kauai, the food bank reported donations totaled more than 15,700 pounds of food. That's a 194 percent increase from donations in 2017, where 5,400 pounds of food were collected.

Across parts of the state, more than 1,700 people volunteered.

After nearly three decades, the food bank and its partners -- like Hawaii News Now -- have this food drive down to a science. But this year, donations are even more important in light of historic flooding on Kauai and Oahu.

The food bank's second largest distribution center in Aina Haina was hit hard by last Friday's storm.

The food drive's chair person Sheri Rolf says the food bank is still working to replace all that was lost.

"The food that hey have already in stock that they were going to give out, they're still determining if it can be given out," said Sherrie Rolf

Saturday's big effort has special meaning for Kehau Makaila with the Hawaii Government Employees Association. She says a lot of state and city employees needed help after the storm.

"For us it's to give back to the Hawaii Food bank and here on the islands we all just have to be one Ohana and just help out," said Makaila

The ultimate goal was to collect enough money and food donations to serve one million meals. With just minutes before the food drive officially wrapped up that lofty goal was met.

For those who weren't able to donate on Saturday, the Hawaii Food Bank says they are always looking for help. You can make a monetary donation by clicking here.

This story may be updated. 

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