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‘Feed-A-Thon’ Collects Over 38K Pounds in Donations

September 9, 2016, 10:31 AM HST
* Updated September 9, 2:29 PM
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Hawai’i Island’s Food Bank’s annual “Feed-A-Thon” collected over 38,000 pounds of food at five KTA Super Stores locations island-wide during its 10-day span.

Tommy “Kahikina” Ching, longtime ambassador of The Food Basket, collected non-perishable food and monetary donations from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2 at five participating KTA locations, including Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa, Waimea, Puainako and Keauhou.

Some of the donations that were received outside KTA Waikoloa. Photo Courtesy.

Some of the donations that were received outside KTA Waikoloa. Courtesy photo.

In addition to in-person donations, community members provided monetary donations online and participated in a silent auction with items including rounds of golf at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Waikoloa Kings’ Course, and adventure items from Flumin’ Kohala, Paradise Helicopters, Body Glove Hawai`i and Hawai`i Forest & Trail.

Along with donated food items, funds raised translated into purchase poundage with a total combination of food and monetary donations totaling 38,348 pounds.

“It is always great when we can take a serious and pervasive issue like hunger and attack it with a positive attitude and positive methods,” said En Young, executive director of The Food Basket. “Being with Kahikina for the 10-day stretch reaffirms that we are one community and that the solution for hunger is aloha.”

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The annual fundraising event ended on a high note in a celebration of Ching’s birthday on Friday at KTA Keauhou. Cakes, balloons and birthday surprises provided a festive atmosphere while fundraising activities continued.

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“No hurricane, storm, or lava flow could stop people on Hawai`i Island from making sure there is food when and where it is needed most,” said Ching.

One in five Hawai`i Island residents are served by The Food Basket through a network of nearly 100 partnering agencies islandwide. With one in three children in Hawai`i County eligible for free or reduced school meals, and many families and kupuna facing high levels of food-insecurity, The Food Basket is in need of community support on a yearly basis.

For more information on ways to help feed the hungry on Hawai`i Island year-round, contact The Food Basket at (808) 933-6030 or go online.

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