Maui Rotary Clubs Collect Donations for Food Bank

May 10, 2016, 9:35 AM HST · Updated May 10, 9:35 AM
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Melissa Crawley, representing the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, accepts donations at the Lahaina Safeway from Nita Faleofa, Fono Faleofa and Paulo Galoia. Courtesy photo.

Melissa Crawley, representing the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, accepts donations at the Lahaina Safeway from Nita Faleofa, Fono Faleofa and Paulo Galoia. Courtesy photo.

Nine Valley Isle Rotary clubs participated in a food drive that collected 5399 pounds of food and $7, 044 for the Maui Food Bank on April 30 and May 1.

Nearly 50 Rotary members accepted non-perishables and cash donations for the Maui Food Bank outside Foodland in Pukalani; Safeway in Kīhei, Lahaina, Kahului and Maui Lani; Times in Honōkowai; and Island Grocery Depot in Kahului.

The goal of the Maui Food Bank is to provide hunger relief for anyone who might be in need.

“Working poor families, seniors on fixed incomes and single parents are relying on the Maui Food Bank just to survive month to month,” said Marlene Rice, MFB’s director of development. “The Maui Rotary clubs share our vision and help us to ensure that no one in our island ohana goes to bed hungry.”

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Rotarians on Maui joined over 70,000 club members on three continents, working at the same time in service to their home communities. Rotarians in all clubs throughout Hawai‘i and in clubs across the Mainland West Coast participated in a variety of community service projects on Rotary at Work Day, Saturday, April 30. Thousands of volunteers tackled the needs in their communities and exhibited the Rotary motto: Service Above Self.

Donations fill a table at Lahaina Safeway. Courtesy photo.

Donations fill a table at Lahaina Safeway. Courtesy photo.

Nine of the 51 clubs that make up Rotary District 5000 are located on Maui are: Kahului, Kīhei-Wailea, Lahaina, Lahaina Sunrise, Lahaina Sunset, Maui, Upcountry, Valley Isle Sunset and Wailuku.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. Clubs hold regular meetings where members are able to form friendships and participate in activities that serve their communities.

For more information contact Rotary Maui Public Relations Chair Melissa Crawley at [email protected].

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