Monsanto Partners with the Hawaii Foodbank to Pack Boxes for Seniors

Eighteen Monsanto employees together with family and friends and other volunteers helped pack 2,400 boxes with 81,600 pounds of food specifically for some of Hawaii’s seniors in need. This effort was part of a Hawaii Foodbank initiative to promote better diets for those over the age of 60 by supplying healthier canned foods.

“It is important to us at Monsanto to help raise awareness about the fact that there are people in Hawaii who struggle to find meals,” said John Purcell, Hawaii Business and Technology Lead at Monsanto. “We value the efforts of the Hawaii Foodbank in helping to feed more than 287,000 residents, and we will continue to support their efforts.”

For the past several years, Monsanto has partnered with the Hawaii Foodbank to assist with sorting food and donations, the annual food drive and the senior food box program. Year-to-date, Monsanto employees have volunteered more than 250 hours to assist the organization.

“The Monsanto team, led by Stacie Sasagawa, has provided volunteer service to the Hawaii Foodbank many times over the past six month period,” said Kaipolani Cullen, volunteer coordinator, Hawaii Foodbank. “The team always brings their positive attitudes and willingness to do whatever necessary to support us in our mission to feed Hawaii’s hungry.  We appreciate having them as part of our volunteer ohana.”

The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit 501(c)3 agency in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and non-perishable food to 200 member agencies as well as food banks on Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai. To learn more about the Hawaii Foodbank, watch their video here.