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The Food Basket’s 14th Annual Feed-A-Thon

April 7, 2015, 1:14 PM HST
* Updated April 7, 1:16 PM
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The Food Basket is gearing up for its 14th Annual Feed-A-Thon with longtime ambassador Tommy “Kahikina” Ching.

Ching will be at each of the five KTA grocery stores on the Big Island throughout the month of April, collecting food and monetary donations for the Big Island’s Food Bank, The Food Basket beginning on April 8 and lasting through April 17.

Each of the collection events will last from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m on the following dates:

KTA Kailua-Kona: April 8 – 9

Waikoloa Village Market: April 10 – 11

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KTA Waimea: April 12 – 13

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KTA Puainako: April 14 – 15

KTA Keauhou: April 16 – 17

“Tommy has been a friend of The Food Basket for a long time. We are very fortunate to have a partner like him who understands how our food and cash fluctuate within the year,” said En Young, Executive Director of The Food Basket. “Although we’re very busy during the holidays with donations, most of our work is supporting the many organizations who want to give only during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tommy doing a drive in the middle of the year helps us so much to prepare for The Food Basket’s most critical need period; when children are getting out of school and do not receive their lunch.”

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One of five residents on the Big Island receives assistance from The Food Basket through a network of 80 partner agencies. This year’s Feed-A-Thon goal is to raise enough food and money to provide 100,000 meals to feed the most vulnerable residents in the county.

Officials from The Food Basket say that one in four children on the Big Island are eligible for free or reduced school meals. Each year, the event aids the organization in providing food to families in need during the summer months when school is not in session.

To obtain more information about The Food Basket or to help feed the hungry on the Big Island, contact The Food Basket by calling 933-6030 or visit The Food Basket website.

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