We are halfway through Camp Out Hunger 2020.  This is our weeklong food drive 92Moose and B98.5.  We are set up camp in the parking lot of Sam's Club in Augusta.

I can not stress this enough...WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Donations of non-perishable foods are down this year. Check out my photo of our truck...we can still see the floor and a lot of it. This year at this time we had filled one truck and were working on a second. Hey...I am concerned about central Mainers.

Here are a few facts from the Good Shepard Food Bank on hunger in Maine. Overall, 13.6% of Maine households are food insecure…the national average is 11.7 %. And you know…those are 2019 numbers, so things are not better since the start of the pandemic. We are taking working families, those out of work, those underemployed, older members of our community, and kids. They are all clients of the food banks you are helping. The nonperishable food items go to the Capital Region Salvation Army that serves Waterville and Augusta. The cash donations are bundled together and will go to other food banks in our area. 

You want to donate non-perishables and not sure what to get? Here is a list of ideas:

Peanut butter
Canned soup
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables
Canned stew
Canned tuna/fish
Canned chicken
Canned/dried beans
Baked beans
Pasta
Pasta sauce
Rice
Oatmeal
Cereal
Mac & Cheese mix
Juice Boxes
Granola bars
Dried fruits
Crackers

 

Can't get to us? Well KV Federal Credit Union, Tobey's Grocery, Goggins IGA and Lisa's Restaurant are drop off locations. Thank you!

Still not feeling it? Just look at your own grocery list. What do you get for non-perishables? Get that! The other thing to ask yourself…would a kid be able to make this safely and easily? Get that!

Don't have time to shop? Give us the cash and we will do it for you.  Just let us know that is what you want to do.

So…here are some other things to consider for how you can help...

First of all, help us spread the word. Tell people about it, share the post on our website or from our social media. 

Second, small donations matter as much as the significant donations….no matter the size, your donation will make a difference. One can of beans; one can of veggies all add up to fill a shelf at the food bank. Your spare change…even a penny helps. I was checking the Good Shepard Food Bank (the food bank to area food banks) says that one dollar means three meals. You see how it adds up. 

Third…take some additional action. Do a collection of food or money in your circle of influence…your work, family, friends, clubs, your buddies…your circle of influence. Again…it all adds up.

Fourth…understand that while we are doing this as the food banks are heading into the winter and holiday season this need exists EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. 

I look forward to seeing you at Camp Out Hunger. It is a long, cold, and emotional week and knowing your support us means more than you know. 

There are so many businesses and supporters that are making this happen. You will hear us talking them on-air, but find out more about the groups and businesses that are so important to the structure of this.

Thank you.

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