L.L.Bean is known for giving back to the community. Over the past 10 years, we have given nearly $26 million to local, state, regional and national conservation, human service, education and arts organizations. Recently, L.L.Bean employees, in partnership with the United Way, hosted Give Hunger the Boot, a company food drive at all our locations. The food drive yielded 5,948 pounds – nearly three tons – of food, which translates to approximately 5,000 meals for 1,250 families coping with food insecurity.
The goal of the drive was to provide additional food during the summer months (when food drives are not as prevalent and free lunch programs for kids are shut down). The three-week campaign was designed to fill the empty shelves of food bank warehouses in Maine – and in our regional retail and outlet store communities.
From June 18 through July 6, employees dropped off nonperishables, including kid-friendly snacks, at collection sites across the company.
At our headquarters in Freeport, Maine, 2,363 pounds of food were collected, enough for an estimated 1,969 meals or a sufficient amount to feed roughly 492 families. The dozens of boxes were filled with essentials from peanut butter and jelly to granola bars, rice, pasta and more, and were donated to Portland’s Wayside Soup Kitchen. Wayside supports a wide range of people in need and last year distributed 1.5 million pounds of food across Southern Maine.
Maine locations outside of Freeport collected a combined total of 1,246 pounds of food, which translates to 1,038 meals for familiesthat rely on the Mid-Coast Hunger Project name correct? I don’t find it when I google that name and the Good Shepherd Food Bank for support during tough times.
The grand total for our regional retail and outlet stores? Another 2,339 pounds of food for local pantries, community soup kitchens and shelters.
While Give Hunger the Boot is officially over, food insecurity across the nation is not. There’s always a way to make a difference, whether dropping off nonperishables to a local food pantry, giving to United Way, or spending time volunteering in the community. Let’s all keep working together to Give Hunger the Boot.