West Maui community responds strongly to Rotary food drive
LAHAINA— West Maui residents and visitors responded strongly to the recent “Rotary Gives Thanks” food drive for Maui Food Bank. In a single weekend, volunteers from the three Lahaina Rotary clubs collected cash donations totaling nearly $3,000, along with nearly
Members of the three Rotary clubs — Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, the Rotary Club of Lahainaand Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise staffed tables in front of Lahaina Safeway November 21 and 22, and in front of Times Supermarket in Honokowai November 21.
The clubs recently collect 1,500 pounds of packaged food and more than two dozen frozen turkeys.
For the last 12 years all Rotary clubs on Maui, in partnership with The Maui Food Bank, have set up collection stations island-wide for a two-day food drive before Thanksgiving. Residents have embraced the effort.
“We were thrilled by the generosity of residents and visitors alike,” said Sandy Schneider, President of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset. “The spirit of the holiday season – and the spirit of aloha – are alive and well in West Maui. The enthusiastic support of the community for this food drive was heart-warming.”
“We are indebted to the management of Lahaina Safeway and Times Supermarket Honokowai for allowing us to conduct this drive in front of their stores,” said Leah Lambros, President of the Rotary Club of Lahaina. “Thanks to their community-minded spirit, fewer people in Maui County will be hungry this holiday season.”
“Rotary is celebrating 100 years of service to Hawaii this year. There are ten Rotary clubs in Maui County – nine on Maui and one on Lanai. For information on Rotary, visit rotary.org. All Maui County Rotary clubs welcome guests and new members.