Matson supplies $ 5 million to meals financial institution networks in Hawaii, Guam, Alaska

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    Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Foodbank, Laura Kay Rand, Vice President and Chief Impact Officer of Hawaii Foodbank, Matt Cox, Chairman and CEO of Matson, Malcolm Inamine, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii Foodbank, Tom Luiz, Director of Hawaii Foodbank Lillian Rodolfich, vice president and chief financial officer of Hawaii Foodbank, and Ku’uhaku Park, Matson vice president of government and community affairs, pose for a photo at Hawaii Foodbank.

Matson, Hawaii’s ocean freight carrier, has donated $ 5 million in cash to grocery banking networks in Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam.

Matson said in a press release today that it will “provide free shipping of food to food banks for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021, 2022 and 2023”.

“With the pandemic affecting so many people’s incomes, families in all of our communities are under tremendous strain and food banks are struggling to keep up with demand. We can do this to help food banks allocate more funds to raise food for distribution, “said Matt Cox, chairman and CEO of Matson, in a statement. “We’re committed to meeting the needs of the community the way we know best – by delivering urgently needed staples as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The Hawaii Foodbank is supported by Matson. The company said the grocery bank typically buys and imports around 14 container loads of groceries each year. However, this year it will need 107 important containers and it is estimated that 150 containers could be needed in 2021 to meet the needs of the community.

“The global pandemic has changed the face of hunger in Hawaii and thousands of people are in need of food aid for the first time in their lives,” said Ron Mizutani, CEO of Hawaii Foodbank, in a statement. “This support from Matson will help immensely in our recovery and response at a time when our community needs it most.”

Matson operates three weekly cruises from the west coast to Honolulu, two weekly barge connections to Maui and Hawaii, and three weekly connections to Kauai.

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