Safeway Maui Stores Raise $25,000 to Fight Hunger

February 26, 2013, 8:06 AM HST · Updated February 26, 8:08 AM
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Photo courtesy: Safeway Hawaii.

Photo courtesy: Safeway Hawaii.

By Wendy Osher

Safeway stores on Maui donated more than $25,000 to the Food Bank this week as part of its campaign to fight hunger in the islands.

The money was raised through holiday food drives and check-out fundraising efforts.

Statewide, store officials say the effort helped to raise more than $109,000 for Food Banks across the state.

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Thanks to customers, 7,213 bags of groceries were sold at check out stands and donated to those in need this past holiday season through Safeway’s “Check-Out Hunger” campaign.

The specially packed grocery bags provided customers with an easy way to make a donation while ensuring that food bank recipients received the items they needed most. The bags, priced at $10 each, contained Safeway and Kraft products.

According to store officials, every donation received helps to feed one in seven people in Hawaii – that’s more than 14% of the state’s population who turn to a food bank for assistance.

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