January 20, 2018
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Food Drive Kicks Off

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Friends and Family Market Staff sort and box donated food

The Third Annual Hancock County Food Drive is off to a good start but we need your help to reach our goal. The month long food drive kicked off on March first. Three shopping carts of food were donated during the remote broadcast with WNSX at the Friends and Family Market on Saturday. Help us keep the momentum going!
Late winter and early spring is the time when food pantries have the most trouble keeping their shelves stocked. Ironically it’s when the need is often the greatest. Many people that work seasonal jobs are unemployed. Families and seniors that are struggling to make ends meet have an even harder time as cold temperatures drive heating costs higher. More than 100 businesses, schools, churches, libraries and other locations have joined the Food Drive by becoming collection sites. The Maine Community Foundation and United Way of Eastern Maine will give a $1 match for every item donated up to $10,000. All of the money and food will be divided between the 18 food pantries and community meal sites across our county.
Food collection sites are located all over Hancock County. Checks can be made out to United Way of Eastern Maine with Hancock County Food Drive on the memo line. They should be sent to 24 Springer Drive Suite 201 Bangor, Maine 04401. You can also make donations online by going to www.unitedwayem.org and click on the “Donate Now” button. For more information please contact Marjorie Peronto at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 667-8212
Donation Sites:
Bar Harbor: 7
A & B Naturals
Acadia National Park HQ
Bar Harbor Town Office
Camden National Bank
Jackson Lab
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church
Salsbury Hardware

Blue Hill: 8
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Blue Hill Food Co-op
Blue Hill Public Library
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
Camden National Bank
First Congregational Church
Friendship Cottage
St. Francis by the Sea

Brooklin: 1
Brooklin Baptist Church’s Bowdoin Hall

Bucksport: 4
Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club
Camden National Bank
Grindle’s Insurance Agency

Castine: 3
Camden National Bank
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Witherle Memorial Library

Eastbrook: 1
Eastbrook Variety

Ellsworth: 30
Ben’s Store
Beth C Wright Cancer Resource Center
Camden National Bank (2)
Darling’s Auto Mall
Darling’s Chevy
Dead River Company
Ellsworth City Hall
Faith Community Fellowship
First Congregational Church
Friends and Family Market
Friends in Action Senior Center
Hannaford Supermarket
Healthy Acadia
Home Depot
L.L. Bean (internal staff drive only)
Machias Savings Bank (2)
Maine Community Foundation (internal staff only)
Maine Shellfish
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
St. Dunstan’s Episc Church
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Town Auto Sales
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth
United Baptist Church
United Methodist Church
Washington Hancock Community Agency

Franklin: 4
Franklin Baptist Church
Franklin United Methodist Church
Franklin Trading Post
Maine Seacoast Vegetables

Hancock: 3
Hancock Congregational Church, UCC
Tideway Market
Viking Lumber

Lamoine: 1
Lamoine Baptist Church

Mariaville: 2
Mariaville Grange
Mariaville Town Hall

Mount Desert: 2
Camden National Bank
Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Northeast Harbor: 4
The Knowles Company
Mount Desert Nursery School
The Neighborhood House
Northeast Harbor Library

Otis: 3
Otis General Store
Otis Town Hall
Otis Baptist Church

Sedgwick: 1
Eggemoggin Country Store

Sorrento: 1
Sorrento Town Office

Southwest Harbor: 3
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust
The First
Southwest Harbor Library

Sullivan: 1
Frenchman’s Bay Library

Surry: 3
Surry General Store
Surry Store
Wave Walker Bed and Breakfast

Trenton: 2
Good News Fellowship Church
Stanley Subaru

Winter Harbor: 1
Winter Harbor Food Service

Community Groups Conducting Drives: 4
Jolly Juniors 4-H Club, Waltham
Rails n Trails 4-H Club, Orland
Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club, Bucksport
East Surry Homemakers, Ellsworth

Participating Schools 17
Acadia Christian School, Trenton
Adams School, Castine
Airline School, Aurora
Beech Hill School, Otis
Blue Hill Consolidated School
Brooksville Elementary, Brooksville
Bucksport High School
Bucksport Middle School
Cave Hill School, Eastbrook
Hancock Grammar School
Jewett School, Bucksport
Lamoine Elementary, Lamoine
Miles Lane School, Bucksport
Pemetic School, Southwest Hbr
Surry Elementary School, Surry
Trenton Elementary School, Trenton