Monday, July 09, 2007

Central Pacific Bank Supports Meals on Wheels

HONOLULU — Central Pacific Bank donated $25,000 to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii’s largest Meals on Wheels program. The bank will also open its branches to accept donations from the public.

Lanakila Meals on Wheels announced in June that it would be forced to cut its delivery service by 233 seniors because it is no longer receiving some $350,000 in state funding. Lanakila is the only meal provider to 727 homebound seniors on the island of Oahu.

The bank’s donation, as well as donations by other companies, will enable Lanakila to continue its current service for at least another month, said Marian Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanakila Rehabilitation Center.

Since 1980, Lanakila Meals on Wheels has provided hot and nutritious daily meals to homebound seniors (60 and older) who are not to prepare their own meals due to physical challenges. The program delivers more than 242,000 meals annually to homebound seniors.

Central Pacific Bank is Hawaii's third largest commercial bank with 38 branch offices statewide, including four supermarket branches and more than 90 ATMs.

This is another great example of the business community stepping in to help people locally. Central Pacific Bank not only made a generous donation, but by taking the lead it also encouraged other businesses to get involved as well.

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