March 22, 2018
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Food Drive Reaches Milestone

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The Second annual Hancock County Food Drive has reached a milestone. There are collection boxes at more than 100 businesses, schools and churches around the county.
This is the time of year when food pantries typically have the hardest time getting donations and keeping the shelves stocked. The food drive is a collaborative effort by the Maine Community Foundation, United Way of Eastern Maine, Healthy Acadia, Washington Hancock Community Agency, UMaine Cooperative Extension and participating donation sites to do just that. Without all the community support the food drive would not be possible. The Knowles Company in Northeast Harbor is one business that has stepped forward to help. They have filled a box in the short time since the food drive began. Employee Sarah Tapley says they filled several boxes last year and they are excited to be participating again. They have put information on their website and on Facebook hoping people will bring in more food. This is the first year the Dead River Company in Ellsworth has participated. Their employees pay to dress down every Friday. After reading about the food drive they decided to donate the proceeds and become a donation site.
If you would like to help checks can be made out to the United Way of Eastern Maine with” Hancock Food Drive” written on the memo line. They should be sent to 24 Springer Drive Suite 201 Bangor, Maine 04401. Credit card donations can be made by calling 941-2800. Thanks to grants every food item donated will be matched by $1 up to $10,000. All of the money and the food will be divided between the food pantries in Hancock County. Anyone interested in becoming a donation location can contact Marjorie Peronto at 1-800-287-1479. Donations of food may be dropped off at the following locations:
Bar Harbor:
A & B Naturals
Acadia National Park (staff drive)
Bar Harbor Town Hall
Friends of Acadia
Healthy Acadia
Jackson Lab (staff drive)
Jesup Memorial Library
MDI Hospital’s 9 Health Centers
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church
Blue Hill:
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Blue Hill Food Co-op
Blue Hill Public Library
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (staff drive)
Camden National Bank
First Congregational Church
Friendship Cottage
Tradewinds Market
Brooksville Public Service Bldg
Bucks Harbor Market
Tozier’s Market
Camden National Bank
Witherle Memorial Library
Eastbrook Store
Ben’s Store
Camden National Bank
Darling’s Auto Mall
Dead River Company
Downeast Family YMCA
Downeast Health Services (staff drive)
Ellsworth City Hall
Ellsworth Shell
First Congregational Church
Friends and Family Market
Friends in Action Senior Center
Hancock County Habitat for Humanity
Hannaford Supermarket
Home Depot
Machias Savings Bank
Maine Community Foundation (staff drive)
Maine Shellfish
Morton’s Moo
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
TD Bank
Town Auto Sales
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth
United Methodist Church
Washington Hancock Community Agency
Franklin Baptist Church
Franklin Methodist Church
Franklin Trading Post
Hancock Grocery
Hancock Post Office
Hancock Town Hall
Tideway Market
Viking Lumber
Lamoine Marketplace General Store
Lamoine Baptist Church
Northeast Harbor:
The Knowles Company
Mount Desert Nursery School
The Neighborhood House
Northeast Harbor Library
Otis General Store
Northern Bay Market
Sorrento Town Office
Southwest Harbor:
Harbor House
Hatched on MDI
Sawyer’s Market
Southwest Harbor Food Mart
Southwest Harbor Library
Southwest Harbor Post Office
Dunbar’s Store
Frenchman’s Bay Library
Sullivan Town Office
Surry General Store
Surry Store
Surry Town Office
Sweet Pea Gardens
Wave Walker Bed and Breakfast
Town Hill:
Town Hill Market
Camden National Bank
Good News Center (church)
The Hinckley Company
Stanley Subaru
Trenton Marketplace IGA
Community Groups Conducting Drives
Jolly Juniors 4-H Club, Waltham
Participating Schools
Acadia Christian School, Trenton
Adams School, Castine
Airline School, Aurora
Beech Hill School, Otis
Blue Hill Consolidated School, Blue Hill
Brooksville Elementary, Brooksville
Bucksport High School
Bucksport Middle School
Cave Hill School, Eastbrook
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
Connors Emerson School, Bar Harbor
Deer Isle Stonington Elem. School, Deer Isle
Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Ells.
Hancock Grammar School, Hancock
Jewett School, Bucksport
Lamoine Elementary, Lamoine
Maine Maritime Academy, Castine
Miles Lane School, Bucksport
Mount Desert Elementary, Northeast Hbr
Mount Desert Nursery School, Northeast Hbr
Mountain View School, Sullivan
Pemetic School, Southwest Hbr
Penobscot Elementary School, Penobscot
Surry School, Surry
Trenton Elementary School, Trenton