September 1, 2010
FARMERS INSURANCE HAWAII LAUNCHES "DRIVE OUT HUNGER IN HAWAII" CAMPAIGN
For the third year in a row, in support of National Hunger Action Month, Farmers Insurance Hawaii will be holding the "Drive Out Hunger in Hawaii" campaign to collect donations and raise awareness about hunger in Hawaii. Three local non-profits that help to feed the hungry will be the beneficiaries of the drive: the Hawaii Foodbank, Lanakila Meals on Wheels, and River of Life Mission. The month-long campaign will involve a food and monetary drive as well as volunteer efforts at the organizations by Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees, its business partners, customers, and members of the community.
"With the down economy, families continue to struggle and are becoming more dependent on organizations that provide crucial food assistance," said Michele Saito, president of Farmers Insurance Hawaii. "Our Drive Out Hunger in Hawaii campaign in September 2009, delivered an equivalent of 50,000 meals and 11,000 pounds of food to the needy in Hawaii." We also provided 370 hours of volunteer work at the three food assistance organizations. We are excited to hold the campaign once again this year, helping to alleviate some of the strain these organizations have felt in these tough economic times."
Hunger remains a serious problem statewide, evident by the large number of people who receive food assistance. As reported in Hunger in America 2010, 183,500 people in Hawaii—more than 14 percent of the population—are receiving emergency food assistance through the Hawaii Foodbank network. This is an increase of 39 percent over the 2006 study.
"The Hawaii Foodbank network provides food and groceries to 416 food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters throughout the state," said Dick Grimm, executive director of the Hawaii Foodbank. "Our fight against hunger is a continuing battle, and Farmers Insurance Hawaii's Drive Out Hunger efforts are a tremendous help at a time when families need our services more than ever."
From September 1-30, Farmers Insurance Hawaii will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations at its offices statewide. The public can also drop off donations at Lex Brodie's Tire Company (Oahu) and Napa Auto Parts (statewide) locations. In addition, there will be food drives held at two University of Hawai'i football games and a University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Volleyball match. The Boy Scouts will also be collecting donations. Donors can choose to donate food items or designate monetary donations to either The Hawaii Foodbank, Lanakila Meals on Wheels or River of Life Mission. See www.farmershawaii.com/fooddrive for a complete list of donation locations and schedules.
In addition to food and monetary donations, Farmers Insurance Hawaii encourages the public to get involved by volunteering in community service efforts. "Volunteering your time is a simple and rewarding way to give back," added Saito. "Many community organizations depend on volunteers for their everyday operations such as packing food boxes for families and delivering hot meals to home-bound seniors. Because of this, Farmers Insurance Hawaii employees will be donating their time and energy to assist with volunteer projects at our beneficiary organizations, and we encourage the public to join our efforts as well." For more information about the food drive and volunteer opportunities, visit www.farmershawaii.com/fooddrive.
Farmers Insurance Hawaii Family of Companies is a member company of Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, the third largest personal lines insurance provider in the country. Farmers Insurance Hawaii planted its roots in Hawaii in 1955 when Hawaii Insurance Consultants was founded to provide affordable insurance for Hawaii's union and plantation workers. Today, the Farmers Insurance Hawaii Family of Companies is a full-service insurance company, offering commercial and personal lines of insurance, and includes Farmers Insurance Hawaii, Hawaii Insurance Consultants, American Pacific Insurance Company, Human Resources Solutions, 50th State Risk Management Services, and veyond. The company has 270 employees statewide and offices on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai.