LIHU‘E — Albert Ebueng, American Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Kukui Grove branch, exchanged a $500 ASB sponsorship check for food drive kits for each of its four branches, Thursday.
Kelvin Moniz of the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank also offered to exchange the brown paper bags used to collect food at the Kukui Grove branch for a sturdier cardboard box.
“American Savings Bank is the latest sponsor for the KIFB Spring Healthy Food and Fund Drive,” Moniz said. “Since the launch of the drive with the bags and envelopes in the newspaper, Feb. 25, we’ve gotten several key sponsorships to help get the drive off to a healthy start.”
The goal for the KIFB drive is $40,000 and 40,000 pounds of food.
Moniz said in addition to American Savings Bank, the KIFB has also gotten sponsorships from the Kukui‘ula Development Co. and Earthworks.
“Dan Kitterage of Earthworks was so impressed with the need, he also set up his own sponsorship in addition to Earthworks,” Moniz said.
The big push for the spring food drive is the food collection day, April 9, Moniz said.
“We can use volunteers to help with the collections which will be set up at locations from Hanalei through Waimea,” Moniz said.
The food collection day will take place at various times between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Walmart, the Big Kmart, Ching Young Village, the Kukui Grove Center, the Big Save stores in Waimea and Koloa, Ishihara Market, Safeway Stores and the Foodland stores in Waipouli and Princeville.
Sponsors for the 2011 spring food drive include American Savings Bank, Aqua Engineers, Big Save Stores, the County of Kaua‘i Fire Department, First Hawaiian Bank, HMSA, the KQNG Radio Group, Kukui Grove Center, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and The Garden Island newspaper.
To sign up as a volunteer, or for more information, call Moniz at 246-3809, ext. 102, or visit www.kauaifoodbank.org.