NAWILIWILI — Kupuna from Alu Like in the Lihu‘e and Puhi area braved the blustery weather Wednesday to shop at the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s Kupa‘a Kokua Kupuna program.
Kelvin Moniz, KIFB food resources manager, said Wednesday was the first day kupuna could “shop” under this program for free groceries and produce.
“Kupuna need to belong to a group like Alu Like, the county’s Senior Center program, or similar organization,” Moniz said. “Once a month, sometimes coinciding with field trips the outlying groups conduct to Lihu‘e, the kupuna gather at the KIFB Nawiliwili facility for their free food.”
During the inaugural shopping trip, kupuna received a half dozen fresh eggs, produce, two containers of Ensure, three packs of dried saimin, assorted canned goods, dry milk and a container of bread or buns.
“Today’s group is kupuna from the Lihu‘e and Puhi area,” said Shirley Medeiros of the Alu Like program. “The Anahola seniors were planning on coming down, but the weather kept them home.”
Kupa‘a Kokua Kupuna is a new program being started in conjunction with the KIFB’s ongoing Spring Healthy Food and Fund Drive, Moniz said. It joins the other programs, which help take care of the youth, including the Keiki Cafe program, the Backpack Program and the Healthy Snack programs.
During the spring food and fund drive, KIFB has set a goal of 40,000 pounds of nutritious food and $40,000, according to its website.
Non-perishable food can be dropped at any of the Kaua‘i fire stations or at the Nawiliwili KIFB offices located at 3285 Wa‘apa Road.
Volunteers are also needed for the KIFB food drive day on April 13 at the Big Kmart store, Kukui Grove Center, Foodland in Princeville and Waipouli, the Safeway store, Sueoka Store and Ishihara Market, Moniz said.
Interested groups or individuals can call the KIFB at 246-3809 for details or visit www.kauaifoodbank.org to sign up online.