On Saturday, November 11, Boy Scouts from all over Southern Maine will canvas Southern Maine door to door, delivering flyers that ask Mainers to support this year’s People’s United Scouting for Food Drive. A week later, on November 18, Scouts will return to these same homes in hopes of collecting non-perishable items for the Good Shepherd Food Bank and its’ partner agencies.
“We are pleased to partner with the Boy Scouts to secure food for our neighbors in need in Maine,” says Daniel Thornton, Maine Market President for People's United Bank. “Many of us take for granted that we can walk into a grocery store and purchase what we need on a daily basis.”
Thousands of Scouts and adult volunteers annually participate in this two-weekend food drive which spans the 10 Maine counties within the Pine Tree Council, the Boy Scouts of America. According to Scout Executive/CEO Eric Tarbox, “over 20 tons of food were collected last year. This year our goal is 25 tons, which breaks down to about 25 pounds collected per Scout. This is one of the most rewarding activities our Scouts participate in each Fall. We are grateful to People’s United Bank for stepping up to sponsor this year’s food drive.”'
Maine ranks 12th in the nation and firstt in New England in food insecurity, and more than 208,000 Mainers are food insecure. “People’s United Bank is pleased to be involved in Scouting for Food this year,” said Katie Shorey, Community Relations Director for People’s United Bank. “Food insecurity is an issue that is very important within our organization. We look forward to involving our staff in this effort by offering our branches as collection points.”
Ken Sparta, Program Manager for the Pine Tree Council, BSA, summed it up like this: Scouting for Food not only helps fellow Mainers who suffer from food insecurity, but more importantly our Scouts have the opportunity to practice the principles of Scouting which help them become better citizens in their communities.