Maui Food Bank gets a hefty donation from a Wisconsin-based company

Maui Food Bank gets a hefty donation from a Wisconsin-based company
Maui food bank (Source: WSAW-TV Affiliate)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Food Bank got a huge donation Wednesday on the eve of a major golf event on the Valley Isle.

Wisconsin-based Sentry announced a $2350,000 donation. The money will go to help countless families facing financial struggle as a result of the pandemic.

The donation comes as crews have been hard at work prepping the Kapalua Plantation Course for this weekend’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. 

Maui Food Bank officials say it’s a blessing as they are helping about 40,000 people a month currently, which is up from roughly 10,000 pre-COVID.

“We quickly have begun to consider the people of Maui as our ohana. And we’re quite happy that they consider us here who work in central Wisconsin part of their ohana too,” Stephanie Smith, chief marketing and branding officer for Sentry, said.

This is the fourth year Sentry has sponsored the Tournament of Champions event on Maui. Local food bank officials say the donation is a major blessing.

“Cause we’re all in this together, whether we’re on the mainland or here on Hawaii,” Richard Yust, Maui Food Bank executive director, said.

Meanwhile, the Blood Bank of Hawaii is also helping Hawaii’s hungry.

For every blood donation in December, the Blood Bank donated one meal to the Hawaii Food bank.

In all, nearly 5,000 meals went to those in need on Oahu and Kauai.

The partnership was so successful that the campaign is being extended through January.

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