Xerox Maui Funds New Shelving Units at Maui Food Bank
Employees from Xerox Maui spent Saturday with family members, constructing much needed shelving units at the Maui Food Bank in Wailuku. In addition to the manpower and volunteer hours to complete the project, Xerox Maui also donated $2,000 to purchase materials for the shelves.
“These shelves serve an important role in our operations,” said Richard Yust, executive director for the Maui Food Bank. “The shelves are stocked with food and are used daily by our 120-plus partner agencies who come to the Maui Food Bank to obtain donated food for their programs. Our current shelves were over ten years old, literally falling apart, and disparately needed to be replaced.”
In addition to constructing 36 shelving units, Xerox Maui volunteers also attached new wheels to each unit, making the units mobile. “Our new shelves can now be wheeled into the warehouse for stocking, then back into the front area for easy access by our partner agencies,” added Yust. “This provides us with a more efficient and time saving method for replenishing our shelves, which is done on a daily basis.”
Xerox Maui undertook the Maui Food Bank project as part of its company’s nationwide Xerox Community Involvement Program or XCIP. XCIP is an employee-driven and Xerox corporate-supported community giving program, where divisions throughout the country are provided with an annual budget to implement community-based projects.
In Hawaiʻi, Xerox funds projects that benefit those in need, with the stipulation that all donations must be accompanied by employee volunteer man hours. Xerox Maui has implemented the XCIP locally for the past 18 years and has supported non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Ka Hale a Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center and others.
“We are blessed to live in such a special place,” said Arnold Wunder, account manager for Xerox Maui. “The people of Maui and the Island as a whole are very dedicated to supporting one another. XCIP is one way our employees are able to reach out and give back for all that we have received as members of this community.”
Once the shelving units were constructed, Xerox Maui employees worked together to stock the shelves with donated food.
“It goes without saying that we (Maui Food Bank) can’t do what we do without the help from businesses like Xerox,” said Yust.
Established in 1994, the Maui Food Bank serves an average of 10,000 people a month, and through its network of partner agencies and programs, distributes food to those in need in Maui County, including the rural communities of Hāna, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.
According to organization representatives, the Maui Food Bank is the only nonprofit in Maui County that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of perishable and nonperishable food items. The Maui Food Bank is located at 760 Kolu Street in Wailuku.
Xerox Hawaii first opened its doors in 1961 as a one-person office to serve Hawaii’s businesses. Since that time, company executives say Xerox Hawaiʻi has grown into the state’s largest document-product sales, service and support team with more than 200 employees, offering a variety of technologically advanced business equipment, from copiers, fax machines, and color copiers and printers to high-speed laser printers and fully networked digital document solutions.
With headquarters on Oʻahu, Xerox Hawaiʻi also has office locations, each fully staffed with sales and technical support teams, in Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi; Hilo and Kona, Hawaiʻi; and Kahului, Maui. Its Kahului office is located at 450 East Kaʻahumanu Avenue.