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Press Release:
Logo_foodlandAugust 14, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               
Contact: Sheryl Toda • (808) 735-7318



Foodland and Sack N Save Stores Accept
Donations at Checkout to Help Save
Hawaii’s High School Sports and Match
Customer Donations Dollar for Dollar up To $50,000
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Donations accepted through Aug. 31



HONOLULU – Foodland Super Market, Hawaii’s largest and locally-owned and operated grocery retailer, announced that it will partner with its customers to support the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) to help save athletic programs in our public schools. Beginning Monday, Aug. 17 and running through Aug. 31, customers are encouraged to make a donation of any amount up to $249 at checkout at any Foodland and Sack N Save store statewide.  Foodland will match all customer donations dollar for dollar up to a total of $50,000 for all donations combined

“We were saddened to hear about the recent budget cuts to Hawaii’s public school athletic programs, and we want to do what we can to support our schools and community,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO.  “We know our customers also recognize the importance of high school athletics and we’re pleased to provide them with an easy way to help, along with an incentive to do so,” continued Wall.  “Together with our customers, through donations made at checkout in the next 2 weeks and Foodland’s $50,000 matching gift, we hope to give $100,000 to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.”

“We are overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of Foodland to join together with its customers to help us during this challenging time, ” said Keith Amemiya, HHSAA Executive Director.  “With 30 Foodland and Sack N Save stores statewide, it really does make it easy for everyone to help in whatever way they can.”

Making a donation at checkout is easy:
  • Customers may take a $5, $10, or $20 donation slip at checkout and present it to the cashier. The donation amount will be added to the customer’s grocery purchase.
  • Customers may also choose to donate any other amount from a penny to $249. Again, the donation amount will be added to the customer’s grocery purchase.
  • Customers may make a donation with cash, check, debit card or credit card.
  • The amount donated will appear on the customer’s receipt.
  • Donations will be tracked through Foodland’s register system.
  • At the end of the program, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 for all donations combined.
Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and customers may wish to save their receipt for tax purposes.  All donations are anonymous, so if customers would like the HHSAA to know of their donation, it is advised that they make a copy of their receipt and send it to them.

It was announced last month that approximately $1.2 million will be cut from Hawaii’s public high school athletic programs for the 2009-10 school year.  HHSAA said that the budget cut amounts to approximately 50% of the funding needed for supplies, equipment, and ground transportation for 45 public high schools statewide, and that the budget cut would require drastic mesasures to be undertaken, including the possible cutting of all public high school junior varsity sports. 
The Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA), founded in 1956, is exclusively dedicated to serve 95 member public and private high schools as they work cooperatively to support and promote athletics as part of the high school education program.

Foodland Super Market, Ltd  was founded in 1948 by Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan. The kama`aina company has 30 stores spanning four islands with approximately 2,500 employees.

For more information visit www.hhsaa.org or call Foodland at (808) 732-0791 or HHSAA at (808) 687-4495.            

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