"Meals of Aloha” Program to Provide 120,000+ Meals to those in Need

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Due to the effects of COVID-19, the demand for Hawaii food outreach services has grown from 2,500 meals per week in February to more than 24,000 per week in just three months. In response, The Salvation Army is offering approximately 135 opportunities for food boxes and to-go meals around the Islands every week. With a new program, dubbed “Meals of Aloha,” The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands will be able to further extend that reach.

Created in partnership with Foodland, the program’s goal is to provide at least 120,000 meals to Island residents over the next few months. Foodland customers are invited to donate Makaʻi points, My Rewards certificates, or cash. Thanks to grants by the Western Union Foundation as well as the Sullivan Family Foundation, customer donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, for up to $300,000.

Meals will be prepared by Foodland’s culinary team, then made available for distribution each week by The Salvation Army on Oahu. Those in need on the Neighbor Islands will receive Foodland gift certificates.

Customers can join the Meals of Aloha effort by:

  • Making a donation using cash or credit card at checkout ($5 = one meal)
  • Donating Maikaʻi points at checkout
  • Donating My Rewards certificates at checkout, via the Foodland mobile app, or by mail

Donations made at checkout on each island will be matched and designated to support those in need on that island.

“We are humbled and grateful that longtime partner Foodland generously responded to our call for help with a plan to provide more than 120,000 meals for our food outreach efforts in island communities across the state,” said Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands.

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