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November 19, 2012
HMSA Employees Help Feed Hawaii’s Hungry

Robyn Kuraoka
(808) 948-6826

Hawai‘i Medical Service Association employees gave big to the Hawaii Foodbank today, wrapping up a four-week holiday food drive to help Hawaii’s hungry. Employees collected a total of $21,515 and 7,085 pounds of canned goods and other nonperishables. The contributions, which were collected at HMSA offices on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island, will provide more than 56,400 meals statewide.

“The Hawaii Foodbank feeds more than 180,000 people,” said Dick Grimm, president of Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. “The current supply of food in our warehouse will last only 17 days. That’s why we appreciate the generosity of HMSA’s employees who are critical to our mission of getting food to the people who need it most.”

This year, HMSA was included on the Hawaii Business list of Hawaii’s most charitable companies. In the category of Cash Donations from Employees, HMSA employees ranked fourth, giving more than $300,000 to local charities.

“One of the very best traits of HMSA is the generosity of our employees. This annual food drive is a tradition that we really look forward to,” said HMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Michael A. Gold. “We organize teams and hold friendly competitions between departments, but in the end, it’s an event that really brings everyone together and is a great reminder of what the holidays are all about.”

About Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.

The Hawaii Foodbank has served the people of Hawaii for 28 years. It is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency on Oahu that collects, warehouses, and distributes mass quantities of perishable and nonperishable food to 250 charitable agencies on Oahu. Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed more than 11.8 million pounds of food, including 3 million pounds of fresh produce, to help feed 183,500 people in need statewide.

About HMSA

HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit society founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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