Nine Rotary clubs on Maui collected 5,318 pounds of food and $6,071 in donations for the Maui Food Bank during a two-day food drive last month.
Nearly 50 Rotary volunteers accepted the donations April 26 and 27 at the entrances of Foodland in Pukalani and Kahului; Safeway in Kihei, Lahaina and Maui Lani; Times in Lahaina; Sack 'n Save Foods; Longs Drug Store in Pukalani; and Cash 'n Carry.
The goal of the Maui Food Bank is to provide hunger relief for anyone in need.
Lauren Matsunaga (from left), Safeway Maui Lani Store Manager Robin Truxal and Kim Cua Gaxiola accept food and cash donations on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kahului on Rotary at Work Day.
According to Marlene Rice, director of development for the Maui Food Bank, the agency is serving 10,000 people a month, nearly double the number of people served at this time last year.
"More than ever before, working poor families, seniors on fixed incomes and single parents are relying on the Maui Food Bank just to survive month to month," according to Rice. "Because of folks like the Rotary clubs who share our vision, we are able to make sure that no one in our island ohana goes to bed hungry."
The Maui volunteers joined more than 70,000 Rotarians on three continents who participated in service projects in their communities as part of Rotary at Work Day on April 26.
The nine Rotary clubs on Maui are Kahului, Kihei Sunrise, Kihei Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina Sunrise, Maui, Upcountry, Valley Isle Sunset and Wailuku.
More information about the clubs can be obtained by calling Assistant District Govs. Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or Hugh Chare at 572-3020.