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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tours Maui Food Bank

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Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez at the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA Presented By Gucci held at the LACMA in Los Angeles, USA on November 6, 2021. Credit: ©buzzfuss/123RF.COM

Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos was spotted earlier this week at the Maui Food Bank, one of the many organizations he made personal donations to in the second half of 2021.

The tech billionaire moved to Maui during the COVID-19 pandemic, making a round of donations to nonprofits dedicated to food security, social service and humanitarian efforts.

“Jeff Bezos, Lauren Sanchez, and Shep Gordon stopped by for a tour of the Food Bank,” said Marlene Rice, Development Director at the Maui Food Bank. “It was wonderful to meet Jeff, and we are very grateful for the generosity he has extended to Maui Food Bank and other nonprofits on Maui.”


While the exact amount of the contribution to the Maui Food Bank was not disclosed, it was at the time, described as a “significant personal donation,” that would go towards helping the hungry on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

The gift was expected to help alleviate immediate hunger and restock some of the depleted staples in the Wailuku warehouse, according to an earlier acknowledgement of the donation by the nonprofit.

Some of the monetary donations gifted by Jeff Bezos on Maui in 2021 include:  

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Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.
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