LIHU’E – Members of the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas surpassed their goal by raising 3,068 pounds of food which was donated to the Kaua’i Independent Food Bank, the resort’s Julie Pavao announced.
“Kaua’i Independent Food Bank conducted three food drives,” Pavao said in an email. “Each pickup contained over 1,000 pounds of food.”
The Westin Princeville food drive was conducted as part of The Harvest for Hunger program with Marriott Vacations Worldwide which is committed to fighting hunger through its annual food drive.
Running from November 1 through December 31, the initiative encourages Associates, Owners and Guests of participating resorts, as well as Marriott Vacations Worldwide offices to share in the spirit of the holiday season by contributing food not perishables for the benefit of local food banks.
“Marc Walz, General Manager of The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, is very proud of all of our associates, owners and guests for their generosity and efforts to give back to our Kaua’i community,” said Pavao. “This year’s donations for The Westin Princeville totaled 3,068 pounds, doubling its ambitious goal of donating 1,500 pounds of food.”
Affiliate Realtor Donna King and new Kaua’i Realtors Association Director Nani Sadora reviewed the $30,150 contribution to the Independent Food Bank of Kaua’i at the annual meeting on Thursday. of KBR members held at the Timbers Resort.
Sadora said the total contribution was the result of the KIFB virtual food box drive which was conducted in November and presented at the annual members meeting.
“We were aiming to raise $30,000,” Sadora said. “We are thrilled that KBR Members and Affiliates surpassed this goal by raising $30,150.”
Affiliate estate agent King was also delighted that this year’s total exceeded the amounts raised in previous campaigns.
“We needed an event for our annual members meeting,” King said. “The Virtual Food Box Drive was a collaborative effort between Rowena Cobb, recently retired from KIFB, Toni Ishimoto from KBR, and myself. The first year we raised a little money, and the second year, a little This is our third year of hosting the Virtual Food Box, and KBR members and affiliates have given so much. It’s such a great feeling to be part of it.
Kelvin Moniz, thinking of the generous contributions from the Westin Princeville and the Kaua’i Boiard of Realtors, was thrilled with the efforts.
“The Virtual Food Box is something we put together from the generous donations we receive from the community,” Moniz said. “The virtual box will feed a family of four for a week. People donate to keep the box going at $50 per box. Realtors are our eyes and ears in the community. As they go about their business in different neighborhoods and communities, they encounter people who need food bank services. They can let us know, we will set up a box, or boxes if there are several families, and the estate agent comes, collects the boxes and makes the deliveries, thus preserving the dignity of the family.
Moniz said it was very similar to the emergency unfolding in the Waimea Valley after the recent rockfall.
The county reports that a coordinated food distribution will take place on Friday through the collaborative efforts of the Kekaha Ag Association, E Ola Mau Na Leo O Kekaha, Hawai’i Foodbank Kaua’i, Kumano I Ke Ala, the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative, Chad Buck of Hawai’i Foodservice Alliance, West Kaua’i Hongwanji Waimea Temple, West Kaua’i Christian Center, County Officials including Councilors Billy DeCosta, Council Chairman Arryl Kaneshiro, Hawai’i i Community Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Vandersloot Foundation, Nourish Kaua’i, Waimea High School, Senate Speaker Ron Kouchi, ‘Aina Ho’okupu O Kilauea, the State Department of Lands and Natural Resources, as well as local farmers and fishermen.
“We’re getting phone calls from Waimea about people’s concern about food for stranded families,” Moniz said. “We define the callers’ needs and they come to pick up at our warehouse. They are our eyes and our ears. We need more eyes and ears.
A similar situation is the efforts of the Spam Musubi Truck to try to feed the keiki during the winter holidays when, without the benefit of having school in session, the keiki might go hungry.
“And, we have the weekly Wednesday food distribution where we regularly serve over 50 families every week from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Moniz said. “We have something for anyone who is hungry.”