Hawaii Island Food Basket is embarking on its tenth annual Feed A Thon. Local radio personality Tommy Ching, aka Kahikina will take the lead role in helping collect food and cash for Hawaii Island Food Basket, which is Hawaii Island’s food bank. They provide food to dozens of nonprofit organizations around the island which help feed those who need it. According to Food Basket Executive Director Nani Lee, they’re feeding around 1 out of 5 of Hawaii Island’s residents. They’re distributing around 100,000 pounds of food a month. And the goal of this year’s drive is 100,000 pounds of food.
Both food and cash donations are welcome. Hawaii Island Food Basket’s purchasing power means each dollar can buy the equivalent of 10 pounds of food.
Goose’s Edge, Inc., the owner of Queen K Tesoro, is this year’s primary sponsor. Food or cash may be dropped off 24 hours a day at the Queen K Tesoro across from Honokohau Harbor. Kahikina will collect food at KTA locations around the island from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.:
• February 1 and 2, Kailua-Kona KTA
• February 3 and 4, Waikoloa Village Market
• February 5 and 6, Waimea KTA
• February 7 and 8, Puainako KTA
• February 9 and 10, Keauhou KTA
Hawaii Island Food Basket constantly needs donations and food. Although this drive and other special collection efforts sponsored by local community members and businesses help boost the supply, they also welcome donations at any time at their main location,140 Holomua Street Hilo, HI 96720-5132. They may be reached by phone at 808-933-6030. They also have a West Hawaii location on Kuakini Highway just north of Honalo on the mauka side of the road.