Almost 50 volunteers from Maui's nine Rotary clubs spent two days at nine businesses collecting 5,318 pounds of food and $6,071 for the Maui Food Bank on April 26 and 27.
Club members were posted outside Foodland in Puka-lani; Safeway in Kihei, Lahaina and Maui Lani; Lahaina Times; Sack 'n Save; Kahului Foodland; Longs in Kulamalu, and Cash and Carry in Kahului, joining over 70,000 Rotarians on three continents working at the same time in service to their home communities.
The goal of the Food Bank is to provide hunger relief for anyone who might be in need.
Kīhei-Wailea Rotarians (left to right) Hayley Wood, Mark Harbison, Stuart Karlan and Adrian Zywno accepted Maui Food Bank donations at the Kīhei Safeway.
According to Marlene Rice, director of development for the Maui Food Bank, "Currently, we are serving 10,000 people a month. This is almost double the amount of people served last year at this time. 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. 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."
Rotarians in all 47 Rotary clubs throughout the State of Hawai'i, and in clubs throughout the Mainland West Coast participated in a variety of community service projects on April 26, Rotary at Work Day. Thousands of volunteers tackled the needs in their communities according to the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."
The nine clubs on Maui are Kahului, Kihei Sunrise, Kihei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina Sunrise, Maui, Upcountry, Valley Isle Sunset and Wailuku.
For more information about Maui's clubs, contact Assistant District Governors Joanne Laird at 757-0981 or Hugh Chare at 572-3020.