HMSA employees donate food and thousands of dollars to Hawaii Foodbanks in annual food drive

Hawaii’s families in need will benefit from a big donation to Hawaii’s Foodbanks from employees of the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA). Today, employees wrapped up a five-week holiday food drive to help Hawaii’s hungry. They collected more than $40,000 and 1,500 pounds of canned goods and other nonperishables. The contributions were collected at HMSA offices on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii.

“The holidays are an especially difficult time for families in need,” said Gerald Shintaku, president of Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. “Providing healthy meals to struggling families is extremely rewarding. We appreciate the generosity of HMSA’s employees, who donate year after year so that we can feed local families.”

Throughout the drive, HMSA employees challenged each other to collect food items and held food sales to collect monetary donations.

“I’m so proud of the generosity of HMSA employees and how they care about our community,” said HMSA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Gold. “In addition to collecting food, we put a much bigger emphasis on raising monetary donations this year so that our food banks could purchase the items they need most. Our team really enjoys being able to do something to help others, so there were a lot of food and bake sale fundraisers throughout HMSA this year.”

About Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.

The Hawaii Foodbank has served the people of Hawaii for 31 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 13 million pounds of food, including 4 million pounds of fresh produce, to help feed 287,000 people in need statewide.

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

Headquartered on Oahu with centers statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.