HCFCU’s 3-year drive nets nearly $31K for the Food Basket

  • HCFCU recently donated nearly $31,000 to the Food Basket after a three-year drive, Pictured in the front row, from left to right: Rhea Lee-Moku, Food Basket board chair; Toby Taniguchi, Food Basket board director; Kristin Frost Albrecht, interim executive director; second row, left to right: Shanda Yamamoto, teller clerk I Kohala branch; Kristen Sur, teller clerk I Kohala Branch; third row, left to right: Davelynn Esperanza, branch support coordinator; Makiko Yamaguchi, teller clerk I Kealakekua branch; David Miyashita, marketing coordinator; Elaine Dalit, call center representative I; Gabrielle Lovell, call center representative I; fourth row, left to right: Toni-Claire Haanio, Sr. operations officer Kailua branch; Robyn Naihe, support services coordinator; Sue Miskowic, administrative specialist; Trisha Cerney, Loan Processor II; Lorrie Gomes, Sr. teller Kailua branch.

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) staff, members and local businesses opened their hearts and raised a record $30,795 for The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank, during the credit union’s annual Market Day events.

This is the final year of the credit union’s “Triennial Social Responsibility” commitment with The Food Basket, which has raised more than $73,000 to help Hawaii Island’s hungry.

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Market Day events are held every October at all branches to raise monies to support their triennial social responsibility partner that is selected from staff nominations. Event sponsor, Cal-Kona Produce, donates fruits and vegetables, local businesses donate silent auction items, and shoppers find great buys on baked goods, food, clothing, jewelry, crafts, and more. Also, HCFCU employees hold work lunch fundraisers and sell ribbons to raise additional monies.

“Our staff and the entire community remained passionate in their commitments to supporting The Food Basket,” said Tricia Buskirk, HCFCU president and CEO. “We are completely blown away at this record donation, and so very proud to live and work with people who have such huge and generous hearts.”

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The program asks employees to nominate and vote on a local nonprofit community organization on which to concentrate Market Day fundraising for 36 months. The three-year time frame ensures the nonprofit receives focused support that can make a real difference.

If you’re interested in supporting The Food Basket, contact info@hawaiifoodbasket.org.