Shop for Higher Education 2013
As Foodland’s celebrates its 65th anniversary, we are proud to remain a local company, deeply committed to our customers and dedicated to making Hawaii a better place. One way we know we can do this is by supporting Hawaii’s seniors in their pursuit of higher education. We are grateful to be in a state where the community – our customers, our vendors, the students, the schools’ college and career counselors and faculty – all take an active part in supporting Foodland’s Shop for Higher Education program.
This past Saturday, May 11th, we hosted our annual awards banquet to recognize and honor our 2013 scholarship recipients. Caitlin Kelly, a 2012 scholarship recipient, delivered a speech about her first year college experience. She shared how she went into college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as journalism major and was dead set on becoming a reporter at a newspaper. Instead, writing an article about professional counselors strengthened her interest in psychology. That experience further led her to apply for an exchange program at a mainland university, where she’ll be attending in the Fall. Caitlin went on to say how the “twists and turns” of her college experience is what ultimately pushed her to become the person she was made to be. She closed her speech saying, “Receiving the Foodland scholarship meant that I was free to challenge myself both academically and personally because I didn’t have to worry constantly about making ends meet. My family and I are so grateful for Foodland’s generosity and for their desire to support higher education.”
This year marks the 8th year of this program. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Foodland has awarded $2,000 scholarships to a total of 866 students– a total of $1,732,0000.00 in scholarships!
We congratulate our 111 2013 scholarship recipients, who will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Like Caitlin, we know that college will lead them to things they expect, but also to wonderful life opportunities that they are least expecting. We wish them all the best as they begin this new chapter in their lives.
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.
We are truly amazed by the generosity of our customers. Despite tough economic conditions for many, our customers always rally for a good cause, and especially when it comes to caring for the extended family of island residents. Each year we witness your generosity when it comes to helping those who are less fortunate and in need of food, as they struggle make it through the holidays. Your donations allowed them to have meal that they might not have otherwise had and it certainly ... more »
Thank you very much to everyone who participated in our Kōkua Philippines matching gifts program to support disaster relief efforts from Typhoon Haiyan. Together, through customer donations & a matching gift from the Western Union Foundation, a total of $101,270.00 will be given to the American Red Cross!