Burpees for Turkeys raises $14,055 to help the Good Shepherd Food Bank fight food insecurity in Maine
This past weekend, we hosted our 6th annual Burpees for Turkeys event to help raise funds to fight food insecurity in Maine. We raised $14,055 between our two WILCOX locations in Bangor and Brunswick, Maine. All of the donations went directly to the Good Shepherd Food Bank to help with hunger relief in Maine.
This event started in 2015 and to date, we have raised $53,742 to help with food insecurity in Maine. We are so proud of the impact that we are able to create through events like this. We are so proud to have the opportunity to scale this event to multiple locations through our franchising program. We are so proud of how our community comes together to help their neighbors.
This year was quite a bit different due to the pandemic - we hosted it via Zoom and invited our clients to attend in their comfiest sweatpants with their favorite snacks to cheer (ahem - heckle) our trainer team.
1 in 5 children in Maine live with food insecurity, meaning they lack the nutritious foods to live a healthy lifestyle.
As a mother, this is devastating to me. I cannot imagine not having the resources to feed my children. Or having to make the decision between feeding my children and keeping our home warm during our cold Maine winters.
But… this is a sad reality for a lot of families in our state... mothers are having to make the decision to keep the heat on or to feed their families. That must be an incredible struggle. Knowing that your child is truly hungry and not having the ability to fill their little bellies.
I am so thankful for organizations like the Good Shepherd Food Bank and United Way who come together to help end food insecurity in Maine. They are the real heroes of our great state.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is the hub that distributes the food to our local food pantries in Maine. And they are doing an amazing job to help ensure these children and families have the food they need in order to live a healthy life. They have a huge focus of not only filling bellies but by providing nutritious food from local Maine Farms through their Mainers Feeding Mainers Program. Something that I am incredibly proud to support.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is able to leverage the money we raise through our Burpees for Turkeys event and stretch the dollars to do the most good. They can feed a hungry child for an entire week with just a $5 donation.
Just $5 per week feeds a hungry child for an entire week. AMAZING!
They can provide 3 meals to families in need with just a $1 donation.
We are so proud to say that with our little event last weekend, we have raised over $14,055. That is over 42,075 meals for Maine families who otherwise would have been hungry.
We are so thankful for the way that our community pulled together to create this kind of impact in our community.
We have already started the planning process for Burpees for Turkeys next year and we are excited to have even more of an impact to help end hunger in Maine.
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