Maui Dispensary Celebrates Third Anniversary with Maui Food Bank Donation

August 8, 2020, 11:00 AM HST · Updated August 8, 10:10 AM
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Maui Grown Therapies located at 44 Paa St. Photo Courtesy

Three years ago, on Aug. 8, 2017, Maui Grown Therapies opened its doors becoming Hawaiʻi’s first state-licensed medical cannabis dispensary.

To celebrate its third anniversary today, the company made another cash donation to the Maui Food Bank, bringing its total gift to more than $15,000 since coronavirus response efforts began in March.

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“When we opened three years ago, our company started a new tradition — our patients and employees give to community causes and we match their donations,” said Teri Freitas Gorman, MGT’s director of community relations and patient affairs.  “But when the pandemic hit, we knew Maui Food Bank would really need extra support, so we directed all of our giving to them. We encourage others to do the same.  During these hard times, aloha shared is aloha multiplied.”

Richard Yust, Maui Food Bank’s executive director expressed appreciation for the donation saying, ”We use cash donations like theirs to buy local. It’s a double win because buying locally supports our Maui farmers and recipients eat healthier food with higher nutritional value. Demand for food has more than tripled since the pandemic began, and with high unemployment and more financial uncertainty ahead, we expect hunger to increase. The generosity of Maui Grown Therapies patients, employees, and management is so appreciated at this time.”

Maui Grown Therapies is located at 44 Paʻa Street in the Maui Lani Village Center in Kahului.

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