Hawaii: Feed the hungry, not the fish

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Hawaii: Feed the hungry, not the fish

Postby Mary Luna » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:00 am

Feed the hungry, not the fish
Posted on 10.21.2008
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SOURCE: HONOLULUADVERTISER.COM
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/artic ... PORTSFRONT

MAUI—2008, the Year of the Reef, finds Maui Food Bank donations down 20% from last year, though demand has increased 20%, with children as half the recipients. The Food Bank relies on donations and grants for the 5,000 pound daily supply to soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters.

Enter, Snorkel Bob's: "Customers come into the store all the time asking what they can do with their extra groceries when they go back to the mainland," says Allen Schipper, Snorkel Bob's Napili store manager, "This is our way of doing our part-every donation counts." From now through Thanksgiving Day, Snorkel Bob's will collect non-perishable foods at it's Kihei, Lahaina, and Napili stores. Drop off 5 food items and get a FREE t-shirt while supplies last.

Deanne Kiesser, Maui Food Bank Development Coordinator explained, "These are just you're everyday people, the working poor people who live from paycheck to paycheck. We've had several instances where couples have both been laid off from their jobs. They're not on unemployment yet, and they don't know what to do. One of our local high schools has a counseling program for kids at risk. Their teacher recently passed out a questionnaire asking, 'If you could have anything you want, what would it be?', anticipating responses such as college scholarships. Do you know what the majority of these students said? Food."

Drop off donations from 8-5 daily at Snorkel Bob's Maui locations in S. Kihei: 2411 S. Kihei Rd. in Kamaole Shopping Center; N. Kihei: 1279 S. Kihei Rd. in Azeka Shopping Center; Lahaina:180 Dickenson St.; and Napili: 5425 Honapiilani Hwy. in Napili Village.

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