Marcus Mariota's Motiv8 Foundation and the Island Insurance Foundation Fund Initiative to Distribute 1,000 Meals Daily While Schcools are Closed. | Island Insurance

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Marcus Mariota's Motiv8 Foundation and the Island Insurance Foundation Fund Initiative to Distribute 1,000 Meals Daily While Schcools are Closed.

Grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be available starting Monday, March 30 at Kauluwela and Palolo Elementary Schools to provide meals to more students while schools are shut down due to COVID-19.

Public school students 18 years old and under can pick up breakfast from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Kauluwela and Palolo Elementary Schools. Prepared meals will be placed on tables outside the Kauluwela Elementary administration building and the Palolo Elementary cafeteria for students to pick up to avoid physical contact between volunteers and students.

Meals will be prepared by ABC Stores for Kauluwela and Bamboo Catering for Palolo. Volunteers with the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders and others will distribute meals with guidance from the DOE to ensure proper handling and safety. A total of 1,000 meals – 300 breakfasts and 300 lunches at Kauluwela and 200 breakfasts and 200 lunches at Palolo – will be distributed daily.

“It is critical for all of us as members of this community to support our public school students in these difficult times,” said Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation. “By providing meals to these keiki, we hope parents can focus their attention on other aspects of their children’s well-being.”

This initiative is a joint effort by the Island Insurance Foundation, Marcus Mariota’s Motiv8 Foundation, ABC Stores, and Bamboo Catering, and is led by Keith Amemiya. Funding for this initiative totaled $125,000 from the Island Insurance Foundation, Motiv8 Foundation, and Keith and Bonny Amemiya and others. School meal distribution will continue every weekday, excluding Good Friday, until at least April 30. The initiative will be extended through the end of the school year on May 29 if necessary, depending on the state Department of Education’s (DOE) school schedule.

“For many students, meals at school are their only reliable source of food,” said Marcus Mariota, founder of Motiv8 Foundation. “Making sure our students are properly fed is one of the highest priorities during this time.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has changed our way of life, particularly our most vulnerable communities,” said Keith Amemiya, former Senior Vice President of Island Holdings and a member of the Jump Start Breakfast Advisory Board led by First Lady Dawn Ige. “Students who don’t have the financial means or ability to travel outside their community should still have access to food every day.”

About Island Insurance Foundation

The Island Insurance Foundation is the charitable arm of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., Hawaii’s largest locally-owned insurance carrier, offering a full range of property and casualty protection solutions.

Founded in downtown Honolulu, Island Insurance celebrates 80 years of serving Hawaii’s families and businesses in 2020. Island Insurance is the only Hawaii-based company to be recognized as a Top 50 property & casualty insurer in the nation by the Ward Group for 12 consecutive years and holds a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company.

About the Motiv8 Foundation

The Motiv8 Foundation aims to create and support economic and educational programs and athletic activities to provide an alternative outlet for youth of troubled neighborhoods and backgrounds. The Foundation’s programming centers around the tools for success that will allow more children to fully matriculate through grade-school and eventually attend college.

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