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Wes Perreira, the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch manager, left, and Michelle Panoke, the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch office manager, right, accept a contribution of $5,000 and 130 pounds of food from the Honpa Hongwanji and the Lihue Hongwanji Mission, represented by, from left, the Rev. Arthur Kaufmann, Gail Shibuya and Carol Valentine, Wednesday morning at the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch warehouse in Puhi.
Carol Valentine of the Honpa Hongwanji Social Concern Committee said the contribution is done “as needed,” Wednesday during a presentation to the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch.
“This is $5,000 from the Honpa Hongwanji, the main temple of the Hongwanji mission churches,” Valentine said. “This represents the Social Concern Committee and is presented because there is a need. The Social Concern Committee has contributed to the community in the past. Last year, several organizations received financial grants and awards to help recover from the effects of the record-setting rainfall.”
In addition to the cash donation, members of the Lihue Hongwanji Mission turned over 130 pounds of food from a month-long food drive conducted in February.
“This is just a little something that church members and other community people dropped off during the month,” said Gail Shibuya, president of the Lihue Hongwanji Mission. “People do a little here and a little there. It’s just what they can afford to share.”
Michelle Panoke, the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch office manager, was impressed with the generosity of people to help others who need help.
“People are so generous,” Panoke said, “Especially when they realize that the people they’re helping could be them one day. It’s amazing how people give out of nothing.”
L-R: Roberta Yanagawa, President of Kauai Hongwanji Council; Carol Valentine, Social Concerns; Hana Neerings, Malama Kauai/Mea`ai on Wheels; Rev. Mieko Majima, President of the Kauai Ministers Association.
A donation was made to Malama Kauai on March 15, 2019 from the Social Concerns Committee of Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii. The donation will be used to help fund the “Mea`ai on Wheels” program guided by Malama Kauai to provide a daily meal to those still affected by the flooding which occurred in Spring 2018, specifically in the areas around Haena, Wainiha and Hanalei. The coordinator of the “Mea’ai on Wheels”, Hana Neerings, said the program feeds 90 people per day on a budget of approximately $300 per day. The program is designed for those who are still displaced, have no kitchen, are elderly or have a disabled child or adult in the home. Because of the condition of the road and the continued need to “caravan” in and out of the north shore area past Hanalei, a trip for groceries might involve a 5-hour trip instead of 1 hour trip, creating a hardship for many, especially the Kupuna. The meal served is a “hot, delicious and mostly organic” meal. As Neerings explained, “We have the best fed Kupuna on the island.”