By now, you’ve likely seen the images: Thousands of cars waiting in line—a line that stretches as far as the eye can see—at food bank distribution sites nationwide.
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, food banks across the country continue to face an unprecedented demand for resources. To help fill the demand locally, Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate donated $5,000 to the Maui Food Bank so it can continue to provide hunger relief to residents in need.
The Maui Food Bank needs our support now more than ever, said Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate co-owner Tom Tezak, who serves on the Maui Food Bank’s board of directors along with Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate Realtor-Broker Karin Carlson. “A lot of people in our world—our friends, family members and neighbors—need help,” he said. “And they’ll continue to need help in the weeks to come.”
Carlson agrees wholeheartedly. “Financial donations are even more critical now than ever before,” she said. “With the drastically reduced ability to collect food donations from supermarkets, food drives, and fundraising from hotels, restaurants, etc., the Maui Food Bank has had to shift to purchasing food which is more expensive and the demand for needed food has more than doubled in the past month.”
Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate actively contributes to the Windermere Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports low-income and homeless families in communities nationwide. Since 1989, the Foundation has raised more than $40 million for programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services. A portion of the Wailea Realty Corp. team’s real estate sales is allocated to the Windermere Foundation for the Maui community. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Windermere Foundation pledged to match donations made by its 300-plus offices to local food banks through its “Neighbors in Need” program. Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate’s donation to the Maui Food Bank fully utilizes the “Neighbors in Need” dollar match from the Windermere Foundation.
“We are so grateful for the support shown to us from Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate, especially during this crucial time when COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of people in our island ‘ohana being laid off,” said Richard Yust, executive director of the Maui Food Bank.
“Wailea Realty Corp. has always been committed to serving and supporting our community,” said Wailea Realty Corp. + Windermere Real Estate co-owner Brad MacArthur. “The need has never been greater, so we really encourage everyone to get involved and help. We wanted to set an example, and by doing this, we hope we inspire others to give.”
The Maui Food Bank serves thousands of food-insecure people countywide, including the rural communities of Hana, Molokai and Lanai. Food and monetary donations are needed to meet the rising demand and help feed families, children and youth, seniors, the homeless—anyone who is at risk of going hungry.
“The Maui Food Bank is a critical link to the well-being of our three-island community,” Carlson said. “It is the key source for both non-perishable items and fresh produce to dozens of food pantries, boxes and bags for seniors, backpack buddies for children, as well as dozens of nonprofits who produce meals for those in need or the homebound.”
You can help provide hunger relief to those in need by making a food or monetary donation to the Maui Food Bank. You can also shop for food donations online through a virtual food drive. To learn more about the Maui Food Bank or to inquire about donor opportunities, visit www.mauifoodbank.org or call 243-9500. To take part in the virtual food drive, visit https://mauifoodbank.org/virtual-food-drive/.
The Maui News – May 25, 2020