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Salvation Army modifies annual Thanksgiving meal service in Hawaii amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islands division has modified its annual Thanksgiving week meal service this year to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.

On Oahu, the charitable organization normally hosts a sit-down meal for 2,000 on Oahu and traditional Thanksgiving meals on neighbor islands. It still plans on providing thousands of meals statewide, but the meals are being distributed as drive-thru or grab-and-go options.

“With the generous help of corporate partners, volunteers, advisory boards, staff and Salvation Army officers, we’ve been able to shift our traditional Thanksgiving observances around the state to reach thousands of those in need in our island communities in new ways,” said Major Jeff Martin, divisional leader for The Salvation Army, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands division, in a statement. “We humbly ask the community for their continued support and encourage those in need of a meal to reach out to the Salvation Army Corps in their local community.”

The Salvation Army has already started distributing meals, but the bulk of them will be available during Thanksgiving week.

Through Nov. 30, Foodland and Sack N Save customers can make donations to the Salvation Army at checkout through Foodland’s “Share a Holiday Feast” program to help those in-need in Hawaii.

The Salvation Army is also accepting monetary donations at

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