Mahalo for Taking the Bag Challenge!
I’ve come to realize that as a kama`aina company, Foodland truly cares about our community and the place we call home. In one of our meetings, someone reported that an average Hawaii family uses more than 700 plastic bags a year for grocery shopping. With more than 400,000 Hawaii households, that’s more than 280,000,000 plastic bags a year! We knew that we needed to work towards changing those statistics.
In an effort to help save Hawaii’s environment, we decided to invite our customers to “Take the Bag Challenge” and commit to using reusable bags every time they grocery shopped. Our hope was that customers would accept our challenge, and get into the habit of using reusable bags instead of plastic. This was especially important for our customers on Maui and Kauai who will be affected by the Plastic Bag ban beginning Jan. 11, 2011.
It was exciting to witness thousands of customers agree to Take our Bag Challenge from Oct. 20 – Nov. 30, and make a commitment to use reusable bags every time they grocery shopped. We tracked the number of plastic bags we saved each day, and reported it to customers in all of our stores. We saw the number of plastic bags saved grow as the campaign went on, and to our amazement, in just 6 short weeks, more than 702,000 plastic bags were saved from our environment because customers decided to use reusable bags instead of plastic!
To all of you participated in our Take the Bag Challenge, thank you and congratulations!
We hope that even though our campaign is over, you’ll continue to bring in your reusable bag every time you shop. You’ll still receive a $.05 credit for every reusable bag used, and can still earn free product too! More importantly, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re during your part to help save Hawaii’s environment, one plastic bag at a time.
Bag Up Hunger at Foodland!
“I’m hungry.” This is an unfortunate, but all too common phrase, said by the thousands of people in Hawaii who struggle to find their next meal. According to the Hunger in America 2010 report by Feeding America, more than 14% of Hawaii’s population receives emergency food assistance. The face of Hawaii’s hungry ranges in all ages, from young to old, and across all ethnicities of our island population.
Are you a part of the growing number of people interested in supporting local and buying local? We are too! It's a huge initiative that's gaining a lot of traction here in Hawaii, and we at Foodland are hoping to make it easier for you all to join in the movement!
As a part of our ongoing push for local visibility in our stores, we've introduced new signs to help make buying local easy!
Just look for the new orange signs to find locally made ... more »
As we kick off our 10th annual Shop For Higher Education program, we are excited about its significant value in helping Hawaii’s students achieve their dreams of attending college and reaching their career goals. Each year past scholarship recipients and their parents tell us how grateful they are for our scholarships. Without financial aid resources like Foodland’s Shop for Higher Education, many high school ... more »
Two million dollars? $2,001,089.19 to be exact....that's how much our Foodland customers raised through Foodland's annual Give Aloha program last year. Now in our 16th year, we hope to surpass the $2 million mark again, from September 1-30. You may know that Give Aloha, Foodland’s annual community matching gifts program, was started to honor the legacy of our store founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, who was known for his ... more »
Jenai Wall, Foodland CEO & Chairman, recently took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dumping a Foodland Reusable Bag filled with ice over her head and extended the challenge to the Foodland main office and all Foodland store employees across Hawaii!
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Have you heard of the hot new acclaimed MW Restaurant, just opened in Honolulu last year? We're excited to have MW's Chef Wade Ueoka join us at Foodland Kapolei this Saturday, August 16th, at 11 am for our 3rd Hawaii's Farmers & Chefs Event in support of the 2014 Hawaii ... more »
It's that time of year again and we're partnering with local Farmers and Hawaii's Top Chefs for cooking demonstrations at select Foodland locations in support of the 4th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. This Saturday, Chef Keoni Chang kicks off the first of four Hawaii's Farmers & Chefs events at 11 am at Foodland Farms Aina Haina. Chef Chang will be preparing and sampling a Crispy Fried Chicken with Kukui ... more »
Have you ever been so busy that you missed a meal because you didn’t have the time to eat? Surely it happens to all of us occasionally, but once we realize it, we hardly give it a second thought because we know we can eat almost whenever we please - some families in our communities don't always have that luxury.