Photo caption: L-R - Laurie Komatsu, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, UH Foundation; Daniel Leung, Program Coordinator, Culinary Arts, Kapi‘olani CC; John Richards, Dean of Hospitality, Business & Legal Academic Programs, Kapi‘olani CC; Lance McAlister, Hawai‘i Market Manager, Walmart; Ron Takahashi, Department Chair & Professor, Culinary Arts, Kapi‘olani CC; Louise Pagotto, Interim Chancellor, Kapiolani CC; Linh Hoang Poe, Senior Director of Development - Kapi‘olani CC, UH Foundation
HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i Foundation/Kapi‘olani Community College received a $50,000 Walmart Foundation grant to support Kapi‘olani CC’s “Cooking up a Rainbow Food Truck.” This award is helping to fund the outfitting of a custom food truck that will be used to deliver nutritious, balanced meals to children eligible for free and reduced lunches during summer break. The team using the truck will also provide healthy and affordable cooking lessons and obesity prevention education in rural communities.
Daniel Leung, Program Coordinator in the Culinary Arts Department at Kapi‘olani Community College said, “We are most grateful to Walmart and our other key supporters for their generosity. This food truck plays such a key role in providing children with essential nutrition at times when they need it most, and educating our community for a lifetime of healthy eating. Mahalo!”
“We feel it’s important to give back to the island communities we serve,” said Lance McAlister, Hawai‘i Market Manager for Walmart. “On behalf of our more than 4,000 Walmart associates in Hawai‘i, we’re proud to support this valuable social service program.”
Kapi‘olani CC's national award-winning Culinary Arts Department provides students with numerous program options that allow them to match their educational pathways with their career goals. Graduates of Kapi‘olani CC's program have gone on to work in Hawai‘i's hotel and restaurant industries, as well as careers in schools, hospitals and other institutions.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation invested more than $100 million in local communities, including more than $1.74 million in cash and in-kind contributions to non-profits throughout Hawai‘i.
As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is uniquely positioned to support organizations that are on the front lines in the fight against hunger. In addition to donating more than 747,000 pounds of food to local Hawai‘i food banks – equivalent to 623,257 meals – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated more than $50 million toward hunger relief across the U.S. in FY2017.
Walmart also engages customers across the country in making an impact on hunger in their local communities. In the U.S., Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations teamed up with customers and participating suppliers to support Feeding America through the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, raising more than $17 million in funds in FY2017, including $77,911 for the Hawai‘i Foodbank and their neighbor island affiliates Hawai‘i Foodbank - Kaua‘i Chapter, Maui Food Bank, and Hawai‘i Food Basket.
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Walmart in Hawai‘i, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Hawai‘i, we serve customers at 10 Walmart Stores and 2 Sam’s Clubs and online through Walmart.com and Jet.com. We are proud to employ more than 4,000 associates in Hawai‘i. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $219 million with Hawai‘i suppliers in FYE17, which supported more than 9,500 Hawai‘i supplier jobs. Learn more at the Walmart Today blog, and our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram channels.
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations. www.uhfoundation.org