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Salvation Army Joins Partners in Kahului Food Distribution, Saturday, May 9 in Kahului

May 8, 2020, 8:31 AM HST
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Nearly 1,000 bags of food were distributed during a Central Maui food distribution on Thursday 5.7.20. A separate food distribution event, organized by the Salvation Army takes place this Saturday, May 9 at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center in Kahului. PC: County of Maui / Brian Perry

The Salvation Army hosts a special Mother’s Day weekend emergency drive through food distribution event on Maui this Saturday, May 9 at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, starting at 9 a.m.

Cars will be allowed to line up with their trunks open starting at 8:30 a.m.  The entrance to the event will be the W. Kaʻahumanu Ave. mall entrance where volunteers will direct cars to the distribution area.

To practice safe social distancing, everyone is asked to stay in their vehicles. A total of 200 food boxes will be available and will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

The event comes on the heels of a County organized food distribution event on Thursday, May 7 at the War Memorial Gymnasium parking lot.  During that event, nearly 1,000 bags of food were distributed to individuals impacted by COVID-19 in Central Maui.

Saturday’s event, hosted by the Salvation Army at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, is offered with the support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in collaboration with Y. Hata & Co. Ltd. and Hawaiʻi State VOAD.

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Similar events are all planned at other distribution sites across the state.

“With so many in Hawaiʻi worried about where their next meal will come from, we are extremely grateful for the generous support of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to help make these special Mother’s Day weekend events possible,” said Victor Leonardi, Divisional Director of Emergency Services & Safety and Incident Commander for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division.
“And, thanks to the collaboration of Polynesian Cultural Center, BYU-Hawaiʻi, La Hui Foundation and Ke Ola Mamo, we are now able to provide much-needed food and hope to Oʻahu’s North Shore community from Turtle Bay to Kaʻaʻawa. We also appreciate the support of local businesses Y. Hata & Co., Ltd., Ham Produce, Alaska Airlines, Old Republic Title and Escrow of Hawaiʻi for their contributions to help make these events possible,” said Leonardi.
The Salvation Army announced in March that all Salvation Army officers had been appointed into emergency disaster service roles in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, all Salvation Army facilities shifted to emergency response mode and are being made available to governmental authorities for use as quarantine centers, housing for medically fragile individuals, food distribution locations, coronavirus testing, and any other services as needed. Exact uses will be determined and finalized in the coming days and weeks.
Monetary donations to support the efforts can be made at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling 808-440-1800.

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