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Hawaii Lions annual statewide food drive Oct. 6

Lions statewide food drive Oct. 6

As part of their “S.O.S. — Seven Days of Service,” Hawaii Lions will be out in force on Saturday, Oct. 6, conducting the annual Hawaii Lions Statewide Food Drive, the grand finale of S.O.S. 2012.

“The S.O.S. is a weeklong visible presence with over 1,800 supporting Hawaii members taking on several large community service projects,” said spokesman Irwin Santos. In partnership with the state’s food banks, the Lions request donations of canned meats and tuna, canned meals, soups, vegetables and fruit.

“Many families in Hawaii have difficulty putting food on their table; it is especially a challenge when good people are struggling to make ends meet. You can be part of the Lions effort by making a difference, helping those that really need help,” said Santos.

Hawaii food banks continually need to have their inventory replenished. Canned foods are the most-wanted items that supply island food pantries, feeding programs, homeless and abuse shelters, rehabilitation centers and soup kitchens.

Monetary donations also will be accepted and very much appreciated at the drop-off areas. Cash is welcomed.

Every $10 dollars donated enables a food bank to distribute food for 25 meals. On the Big Island, tax-deductible checks can be made payable to the Food Basket.

Hundreds of Hawaii Lions and youth Leo Club volunteers throughout the state will staff the collections sites. The public is asked to stop by any of these locations, and to make their own donations directly.

Here are the Big Island collection spots: KTA-Kailua-Kona in the Kona Coast Shopping Center, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; KTA-Keauhou in the Keauhou Shopping Center, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Choice Mart in Captain Cook, time TBA; and Sack-N-Save in Kailua-Kona, also with time TBA.

Hawaii Kaloko Lions Club will be collecting food for Hawaii Island food basket on Sunday from 9 am to 3pm at Walmart Kailua Kona. Please note our date change as this was the only day Walmart could offer us and our club felt the foot traffic will be very good there.

The Lions Club of Kona will be conducting a food drive in Kona, on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Keauhou Shopping Center, in front of KTA and Kealakekua Ranch Center, between Choicemart and Ace Hardware.

In addition to non-perishable foods, cash donations will be accepted, with all proceeds to benefit the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

Contact person for the food drive will be Lion Branden Lee, at, or via cell at 808-937-6459


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