Buy a coupon and help feed a hungry family

While picking up your groceries this holiday season, consider those who need help putting food on the table.

Today marks the launch of Check-Out Hunger, the annual giving campaign that allows shoppers to add a donation to their supermarket purchases.

coupon art The campaign is changing this year -- rather than selecting a donation of $1 or $5, shoppers are asked to think in terms of what it takes to feed a family of four.

In the check-out line, select a coupon for $2.74, the cost of a day's meals, or $19.18, enough to feed a family for a week. The amount will be added to your bill, to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

It's an easy way to give.

Check-Out Hunger runs through Jan. 5 at Safeway, Times, Tamura's and Kokua Market stores.

Kraft Foods Hawaii kicked off the campaign yesterday, making a $5,000 donation to the food bank.

Another way to give

Cash donations are being accepted to fund the annual Thanksgiving Outreach Project sponsored by Ko Olina Charities.

On Saturday, 4,000 turkey meals will be served to homeless, low-income and single-parent families at 13 churches in Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Maili, Makakilo, Nanakuli, Pearl City, Waianae and Waipahu.

Make checks payable to Ko Olina Charities, care of Thanksgiving Outreach, 92-1480 Alinui Drive, Ko Olina 96707.

Those interested in volunteering, call Natasha Clarin, 671-2512.

Top Kona brew

Beans from Kona Coffee & Tea Co. were named the year's best at last week's Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.

The 7-year-old coffee farm in Waiono is owned by Daniel and Janet Bolton. Their coffee was selected from among more than 70 entries.

Each farm submitted 50 pounds of beans, both green and roasted, for judging in a blind tasting. All had to be grown in Kona. Eighteen coffees made it to the finals.

The competition, held at the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort, was part of the Kona Coffee Festival.

Second place went to Sunbean Coffee and third to Canopy Coffee.

Kona Coffee & Tea products may be ordered through the Web site,, or call (808) 329-6577.

McNugget makeover

McDonald's has introduced a slimmed down version of an old favorite, the Chicken McNugget.

McDonald's Corp. is now making McNuggets with white meat to address concerns about the health risks of foods high in fat and cholesterol.

The nutritional difference: A four-piece serving sold with Happy Meals contains 40 fewer calories, 3 grams less fat and 0.5 grams less saturated fat than the traditional McNuggets, the Illinois-based company said in a statement yesterday.

New bakery in town

A fresh-baked slice of Montana has arrived with the opening of Great Harvest Bread Co. last week in Kahala.

Adam Wong opened the first Hawaii franchise in the bread store chain on Friday, at 4400 Kalanianaole Highway, next to Petland. The shop's hand-kneaded loaves are made with flour ground daily from whole-grain wheat.

Harvest White and Honey Whole Wheat are sold daily, with specialties such as cheddar-garlic and pumpkin swirl offered through the week. Cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins and cookies are also on the menu.

Great Harvest, founded in Dillon, Mont., in 1976, now comprises 206 stores in 40 states.

Great Harvest is accepting orders for Thanksgiving through Nov. 25. Call 735-8810. The company also offers free bread for charity events. Pick up a donation request form.

Great Harvest offers a varied line of hand-kneaded breads.

Cooking classes

Asian Hot Pot: Food writer Walter Rhee teaches a class on Asian fondue (shabu shabu), featuring seafood, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, vegetables and five dipping sauces, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29, Lyon Arboretum. Cost is $28; $25 for members. Call 988-0456.

Holiday Baking: Pastry arts instructor Dan Wetter teaches two Saturday classes at Kapiolani Community College: Christmas cookies (Dec. 6) and rum cakes (Dec. 13). Each class costs $45 and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 734-9211.

Vegetarian Cooking: Personal chef Alyssa Moreau teaches a series of Saturday classes at Kapiolani Community College: Working with Legumes (Dec. 6, $43), Festive Holiday Dishes (Dec. 13, $45) Working with Tofu (Dec. 20, $43). Classes run from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 734-9211.

Scrumptious Desserts!: Sharon Kobayashi of Latitude 22 demonstrates healthy desserts, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Kapiolani Community College. Cost is $39. Call 734-9211.

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