1st Annual Lions Clubs of Hawaii Thanksgiving Food Drive Set for Saturday, November 20

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BY JIM BRYAN – The Hawaii Lions of District 50 will be having their inaugural statewide Thanksgiving Food Drive Saturday, November 20, 2010.  In partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank, the Lions will be collecting canned goods ONLY which include the Hawaii Foodbank’s most wanted foods:

● Meats and Tuna ● Canned Meals (Spaghetti, Chili, Corned Beef Hash) ● Soups ● Vegetables ● Fruits

Many families have difficulty putting food on their tables and during the holiday season, it is especially a challenge with good people struggling to make ends meet.  You can be part of the Lions effort by making a difference, by helping those that really need help.

The Hawaii Foodbank has had no canned goods on inventory since October 25, distributing instead a variety of bottled sauces, vinegars, syrups and mustards.  Canned foods are the MOST WANTED items that supply the Hawaii Foodbank food pantries, feeding programs, homeless and abuse shelters, rehabilitation centers and soup kitchens.

Hawaii Foodbank distributes nearly a million pounds of food to needy islanders each month.  Currently they have about a 15 day supply of food in their warehouse.  While this is low, it is not an emergency situation, but what is critical at this time, is that they have run out of canned goods!  Canned goods are being received one day and distributed the next.  The Hawaii Foodbank receives canned goods primarily through community food drives like the Lions Club Food Drive.  It is their hope that the Lions Club Food Drive will be a great success and the canned goods collected will help needy island families through the holidays.

According to the latest Feeding America survey “Hunger in Hawaii 2010,” the Hawaii Foodbank helps feed 183,500 people statewide each year. Of those people, 55050 are children, and 11010 are seniors!  Your donations also help feed; low-income families, the homeless, disabled including war veterans and the unemployed.

Monetary donations will be accepted and very much appreciated at the drop off area.  Cash is welcomed.  Every $10 dollars donated, enables the Hawaii Foodbank to distribute food for 25 meals.  Please make your tax deductible check payable to either:

Oahu –  ”HAWAII FOODBANK” ● Maui – ”MAUI FOOD BANK” ● Hawaii – ”THE FOOD BASKET”

For more info: Contact Nadine Nishioka, Hawaii Lions Member & Chairperson of the Food Collection Drive (808) 391-8145.

Hundreds of Hawaii Lions & the youth Leo Club volunteers throughout the state will staff the collections sites listed.  The Public is asked to stop by any one of these locations, and to make their own donations directly.

OAHU
·         MAIN SITE – Hawai`i State Capitol fronting Beretania Street, 8:00am–12:00pm
·         Tamura’s Market (Wahiawa), 440 Kilani Ave.,  (808) 622-4117, 9:00am–1:00pm
·         Wahiawa Town Shopping Center Parking Lot fronting Longs Drugs (Under the “Big” Tent), 921 California Ave.,  9:00am–1:00pm

MAUI (All Maui locations will be collecting donations from: 8:00am-12:00pm)
·         Maui Raceway Park – Kahului, (808) 281-1273
·         Kmart (Kahului) – 424 Dairy Road, (808) 871-8553
·         Longs (Kahului) – 70 E Kaahumanu Ave # C, (808) 877-0041
·         Safeway (Kahului) -170 E Kamehameha Ave., (808) 877-3377
·         Safeway (Lahaina) – 1221 Honoapiilani Hwy  #1222, (808) 667-4392

HAWAII
·         Foodland (Waimea) –Parker Ranch Center #109 (808) 885-2022 8:00am-1:00pm
·         KTA (Waimea) – Waimea Center 65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway (808) 885-8866, 8:00am-1:00pm
·         KTA (Kailua) –  Kona Coast Shopping Center, 74-5594 Palani Rd (808)329-1677, 8:30am-2:00pm
·         KTA (Keahou) – Keauhou Shopping Center, 78-6831 Ali`i Drive (808) 322-2311, 8:30am-2:00pm

Submitted by Jim Bryan, District 50, Hawaii Lions Public Relations

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