Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Visits Maui Food Bank

By Wendy Osher
April 7, 2022, 11:42 a.m. HST
* Updated April 7, 11:47 a.m.
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez at the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA Presented By Gucci held at the LACMA in Los Angeles, USA on November 6, 2021. Credit: ©buzzfuss/123RF.COM

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was spotted earlier this week at the Maui Food Bank, one of several organizations he has made personal donations to in the second half of 2021.

The tech billionaire moved to Maui during the COVID-19 pandemic, making a series of donations to nonprofits dedicated to food security, social services and humanitarian efforts.

“Jeff Bezos, Lauren Sanchez and Shep Gordon stopped by for a tour of the food bank,” said Marlene Rice, director of development at the Maui Food Bank. “It was wonderful meeting Jeff, and we are so grateful for the generosity he has given to Maui Food Bank and other Maui nonprofits.”

Although the exact amount of the contribution to the Maui Food Bank has not been disclosed, it was at the time a “significant personal donation”, which would be used to help the hungry in Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. .

The donation was to help alleviate immediate hunger and restock some of the depleted staples in the Wailuku warehouse, according to an earlier acknowledgment of the donation by the non-profit organization.

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Some of the monetary donations offered by Jeff Bezos to Maui in 2021 include:


Wendy Osher

Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now press team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served for more than 20 years as chief news officer for the company’s six Maui radio stations.
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