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USM Students Host “Let's Can Hunger” Food Drive at Sam’s Club to Support Good Shepherd Food Bank

On Friday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., members of the University of Southern Maine Enactus team, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), will be at the Scarborough Sam's Club to host the Let's Can Hunger Food and Fund Drive in support of Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The team will be hosting the drive as part of its participation in the Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Project Partnership, an initiative sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company. Let’s Can Hunger mobilizes Enactus student teams in the United States to measure and demonstrate a comprehensive approach to addressing hunger. Enactus teams will be organizing and executing food drives for urgent hunger relief to empower those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14.7 percent of Maine households, or approximately 200,000 individuals, and one in every four children are food insecure. Maine is among the highest states in the nation, and second worst in the northeast, for its rate of food insecurity.

Individuals and businesses may support the food drive by donating a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, or cereal. Monetary donations will be accepted as well. All proceeds from the drive will benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank.

See Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger initiative for more information about this initiative.

Enactus is an international, non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world. Enactus teams are active on more than 1,600 academic institutions in 39 countries.