HONOLULU, Hawaii—To help address the expanding food insecurity in communities affected by COVID-19, Bank of Hawaii Foundation donated $35,000 to food banks and distribution services in Guam and Saipan.
Bank of Hawaii Foundation donated $15,000 to the Salvation Army Guam Corps; $10,000 to Catholic Social Service Food Bank in Guam; and $10,000 to The Salvation Army Saipan Corps.
“The school closures and job disruptions caused by COVID-19 have created an urgent need for the services of our local food banks in the communities we serve,” said Erlinda Alegre, senior vice president and market executive of Bank of Hawaii’s West Pacific Region branch banking. “We are pleased to support the Salvation Army and Catholic Social Service in the essential work they do [in] Guam and [on] Saipan to make sure that no one goes hungry.”
The Salvation Army Guam Corps and Saipan Corps are providing emergency response efforts in every community where they minister. Bank of Hawaii Foundation’s donations will help them meet the increasing needs for emergency food boxes on Guam and Saipan. What the Salvation Army used to distribute in a month, they now distribute in a single day. The donations will also help the Salvation Army provide meals-to-go for front-line nursing staff who are treating and testing COVID-19 patients across Guam.
Lisa Bordallo, Catholic Social Service marketing/client services manager, said, “As one of only two food pantries [in] Guam, our services provide critical relief during disasters such as the current pandemic. We assist all in need, including those who have lost their jobs and other means of feeding their families. Si yu’us ma’ase for your generous support of our mission to end hunger and reduce poverty.” (PR)