Because local food pantries can no longer let those in need come inside and pick out their own food, the L.L. Bean employees in shipping have a new job to do.

Maine food pantries now hand out boxes filled with food to those in need.  After scheduling an appointment, recipients can pull up to the front door of their local pantry and be handed a box filled with food for the dinner table.  The goal of Good Shepard is to pack 10,000 of these boxes per week for distribution, according to today's press release.

That's where L.L. Bean comes in.

L.L.Bean is actively working with Good Shepherd Food Bank to repurpose our facilities to pack food boxes for Mainers who are in need,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of L.L.Bean. “As a direct-to-consumer company, our fulfillment team is highly skilled at picking, packing and distributing shipments of all kinds. We want to use our resources to the best of our ability to serve our community during this unprecedented time.”

The partners estimate production to begin Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The food boxes will be filled with shelf-stable, healthy food that has been purchased by Good Shepherd Food Bank and will be provided at no cost to its partner agencies.

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