Sadly, food insecurity has been a problem for the State of Maine for decades.  Honestly, it has probably always been a problem for Maine's residents.  However, the huge economic changes we have seen over the last few years have made the problem much worse than it has ever been.

Our goal is to do something about it!

The Camp Out Hunger Food Drive, put on by Townsquare Media stations B98.5 and 92 Moose, is our way of fighting food insecurity in Central Maine.

Just like in years past, we'll be camped out at Sam's Club in Augusta for five days collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Capital Region Salvation Army.  Yes, we'll be there from Tuesday morning (November 7th) through about Noon on Saturday (November 11th).

Buzz Bradley/TSM
Buzz Bradley/TSM

This year, instead of trying to fill as many smaller trucks as we can, we'll be taking on the massive task of filling up an 18 WHEELER from our friends at Allen's Transfer.  Yes, it's a big undertaking but, with your help, we believe we can do it!

One of the great things about Camp Out Hunger is that all of the food collected during the event stays right here in Central Maine.  It will go to help your co-workers, neighbors, classmates, and members of your family fed during the coming months.

If you just don't have time to stop by to make a donation, you can make one right now through our secured online donation page.

Additionally, we are going to be throwing a pizza party on Friday evening, November 10th. Cappza's Pizza will be loading us up with fresh, piping hot pizzas on Friday from 4-7p. Anyone who makes a donation of any kind to Camp Out Hunger can grab a slice of pizza and soda for free!

Thank you so much to our major sponsors including Affordable Manufactured Homes of Maine & Mobile Home Parts of Sidney

Also big thanks to our supporting sponsors including KSW Federal Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Augusta,  and KV FCU

Thanks to our connectivity sponsor Airtime US Cellular

And as always, thank you to the businesses keeping the event rolling smoothly including Sam's Club of Augusta, B&B Septic, Scott's Recreation, Fabian, Augusta West Kampground, Ripley & Fletcher Pre-owned, and Airtime US Cellular.

Some of the restaurants helping feed us while we're collecting food include Lisa's Restaurant, The Red Barn, Ted's Trackside Grill, and El Agave.

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Gallery Credit: Lizzy Snyder

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