Kauaʿi police are joining the local faith community today, Oct. 8, to celebrate National Faith & Blue Weekend with an island-wide food drive.
National Faith & Blue Weekend is an initiative that builds bridges and break down biases through activities and outreach amongst law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve.
“This is just the second year beginning to implement Faith & Blue on Kauaʿi. It is our hope to see the event grow each year and to have an even larger impact,” said Chaplain Gregory Poole. “This year’s Faith & Blue demonstrates an important reminder that, on Kauaʿi, no one is alone. We all work together to care for one another and each other. A caring and unified community is strong.”
The food drive will be held at three separate locations around the island – Calvary Chapel in Līhuʿe, 3-3100 Kūhiō Highway, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalāheo, located at 2-2370 Kaumualiʿi Highway, and in the Waipouli Town Center, located in Kapaʻa.
Volunteers from a number of organizations and local churches will be on hand to help distribute grocery bags of non-perishable food and dry goods on a first-come, first-served basis from 1 to 4 p.m. or until supplies run out. The food will be handed out in a drive-thru format and will be available to individuals and families in need.
“Our police department is lucky to have such a positive relationship with our community and to not have to deal with some of the same issues that the rest of the country is faced with, said Police Chief Todd G. Raybuck. “Having said that, I know that we can always do better, and we can always be more open and willing to connect with the public.”
Raybuck felt this event was the perfect platform right now to partner with the public, especially given the challenges the community has faced with COVID-19 and other hardships.
“A big mahalo to all of the individuals and organizations that made this food drive possible. I also want to thank our community for your continued support,” Raybuck added.
All proper safety precautions will be taken during the event. Remember to wear a mask while picking up the food items in your vehicle.