The Sentry Insurance coverage Basis introduced a $ 250,000 donation to the Maui Meals Financial institution on Tuesday.
The donation was made at the side of the 2021 Sentry Event of Champions golf event to be performed Thursday by means of Sunday on the Kapalua Plantation Course.
“The pandemic has been significantly devastating to the Maui financial system,” Pete McPartland, Sentry chairman, president and CEO, stated in a press launch. “The unemployment charges right here have been a few of the highest within the nation. We needed to assist in a significant method, supporting Maui County households and native companies. “
The Maui Meals Financial institution is the county’s most important security web for assuaging starvation and at the moment serves greater than 10,000 individuals every week with emergency meals distributions.
The Maui Meals Financial institution not solely immediately serves neighborhood members, but additionally helps native companies by buying meals from native farmers, markets, bakeries, and different companies.
“We’re at the moment experiencing extraordinarily excessive unemployment in Maui and the encircling areas, which in flip results in many residents needing meals assist.” Richard Yust, government director of the Maui Meals Financial institution, stated within the assertion. “We could not be extra grateful for Sentry’s donation, as it’s going to assist us proceed to maintain our neighborhood in these troublesome occasions.”
Yust stated Tuesday’s donation will present greater than 200,000 meals to these in want in Maui County.
The donation can be used to assist the meals financial institution’s emergency meals field distributions all through the realm to assist with starvation and different primary wants.
Simone Oliveira, proprietor and operator of SFO Trip Rental Cleansing, appeared at a digital press convention along with her husband Eduardo and son Edward, a sophomore at St. Anthony Excessive College and a meals financial institution volunteer.
“Everyone knows the Maui Meals Financial institution and the way a lot they do to assist our households in want.” Simone Oliveira stated. “All of us assist as a result of that is what we do as a neighborhood till he sees himself as a household in want.”
She defined that she and her husband have a small enterprise in Maui that was “very profitable” earlier than the pandemic.
“However after seven months out of labor, we went from donors (to the Maui Meals Financial institution) to recipients of meals. . . . Earlier than the pandemic, the Maui Meals Financial institution used to donate 10,000 meals a month; now there are greater than 40,000 meals a month, so donating now is essential. “ she added.
The Sentry Insurance coverage Basis is the philanthropic arm of Sentry. Sentry TOC 2020 raised greater than $ 459,000 for a wide range of native charities, bringing the overall Sentry has helped increase to greater than $ 909,000.
In Could, the muse additionally donated $ 200,000 to the Maui United Means as a part of a $ 1.07 million pledge to assist coronavirus aid throughout the nation.