Save Mart, FoodMaxx match donations to Hawai’i wildfire relief

The Save Mart Companies launch Hawai’i Wildfires Relief Fundraiser to aide the Hawaiian island of Maui after deadly Lāhainā wildfire

(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published August 18, 2023  • 
1:00 pm

MODESTO – Californians who are all too familiar with the need for wildfire relief can assist those in Hawai’i through donations at Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky Supermarkets across the state and in Western Nevada. 

The Save Mart Companies announced a donation drive to the Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund on Aug. 16. All proceeds given to the Maui Strong Fund will aid Hawaiians who were caught by a deadly brush fire on the island of Maui on Aug. 8 that killed more than 100 people and destroyed the historic town of Lāhainā.

“This devastation is familiar to many residents in the communities we serve, and this fundraising effort is a convenient way for our shoppers to help support those faced with tremendous loss,” Donovan Ford, COO and senior vice president of The Save Mart Companies, said.

Shoppers can donate at checkouts at all 200-some locations owned by The Save Mart Companies, and the company and its CARES Foundation will match donations up to $10,000. 

The donation drive will continue indefinitely, and those who give will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible donation, according to The Save Mart Companies. 

The Maui Strong Fund is providing financial resources to those impacted by the wildfire “that can be deployed quickly, with a focus on rapid response and recovery,” according to the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Mid Valley Times Staff