The goal was one million meals for the hungry, but to get there, volunteers from all walks of life gathered to collect donations of food and money across the state on Saturday.
The volunteers dressed in red for Hawaii Foodbank’s 26th Annual Food Drive Day. They collected the generous donations by net and car-load at nine sites.
The Foodbank says it and its network of agencies help feed one in five people statewide every year, including nearly 48,000 children, and it says there is a greater need for emergency food every year.
“So right now at our warehouse in Mapunapuna we have about 12 days of food,” said communications manger Lori Kaya. “It’s not criticallly low, but it is low. We average about maybe 15 to 17 days of food per month so we really need the canned goods and the rice to restock out shelves.”
Kaya says many of those who receive the Foodbank’s donations are low-income families who need help by the end of the month when food stamps or money run out.