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Feed My Sheep receives generous holiday donations during

January 24, 2013
The Maui Weekly

Feed My Sheep, the largest nonprofit direct distributor of food to those in poverty on Maui, has received

2,950 five-pound bags of rice from the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association (MHLA). MHLA annually provides a Christmas present to the poor and needy on Maui. The volunteers of Feed My Sheep enjoyed wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from MHLA while they passed out the five-pound bags of rice donated to people in need throughout Maui.

A $1,000 check was received from the Maui Chamber of Commerce to support ongoing distribution of food to the poor.

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(Left to right) Scott Hopkins and Joyce Kawakami of Feed My Sheep receive a big check from The Geico Gecko and Jodie Burgess of Geico Insurance.

Feed My Sheep was also designated as the honorary charity for the 2012 Maui Chamber Golf Tournament. The donation went directly to purchase food supplies, including perishable and nonperishable items ranging from fresh produce to canned goods during the Christmas season.

Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, presented the donation check to Feed My Sheep at a ceremony on Dec. 18.

A $1,000 check from Geico Insurance was presented by the Geico Gecko to Joyce Kawakami, CEO and executive director of Feed My Sheep, at the FMS Lahaina Food Distribution in mid-December. The donation will be used directly to purchase food supplies for the six weekly Feed My Sheep Distribution sites on Maui.

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"Many families from all walks of life are in need of food during these difficult economic times," said Kawakami. "We are very grateful to the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Geico Insurance for their continued generosity and support. These much-needed funds and food will help our ongoing efforts to make Maui hunger-free. Our friends in the community, whom we have the privilege of serving, know they can count on us not only for physical sustenance, but also spiritual support to help manage personal challenges."

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