March 20, 2018
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Schools, businesses, organizations help hungry in Hancock County

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Third-graders at Pemetic Elementary School participate in the food drive.


One in four children in Maine goes to bed hungry. That is a statistic that’s hitting home with some students in Hancock County. More than 20 schools are playing an important part in the Hancock County Food Drive and it’s teaching them many lessons.

Third-graders at the Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor are taking the lead at their school. They are challenging fellow students to “Do your part and help fill the shopping cart.” The students are weighing the items and incorporating the food collection into their curriculum. The response has been good. They have filled the shopping cart once and they are in the process of filling it a second time.

Schools have come up with other creative ways for students to learn about hunger and help restock food pantry shelves. A boat is sitting in the lobby at the Trenton Elementary school. Students and their families are being encouraged to bring in a “boatload of food.”

Students at the Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor will be allowed to wear pajamas to school if they bring in three cans of food on a designated day.

In Otis, the class that brings in the most food at the Beech Hill School will win a special “play date” that includes extra gym time.

This is the second year for the countywide food drive. Last year more than 7,500 items were collected. This year organizers hope to do even better. Thanks to grants, every item donated will be matched by $1 up to 10,000 items. All of the money and food will stay in Hancock County. It will be divided evenly between all the food pantries. Some are reporting up to 40 percent increases in the number of people coming to them for meals.

The food drive isn’t just for schools. There are more than 100 donation sites at businesses, schools and churches across the county. Checks can be made out to United Way of Eastern Maine and mailed to 24 Springer Drive Suite 201 Bangor 04401. Credit card donations can be made by calling 941-2800. For more information, call Marjorie Peronto at 667-8212.

Donations of canned food can 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 Variety


Ben’s Store

Camden National Bank

Community of Christ Church

Darling’s Auto Mall

Darling’s Chevy

Dead River Company

Department of Health and Human Services

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


L.L. Bean (staff drive)

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

Lamoine Town Hall

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, Ellsworth.

Hancock Grammar School, Hancock

Jewett School, Bucksport

Lamoine Elementary, Lamoine

Maine Maritime Academy, Castine

Miles Lane School, Bucksport

Mount Desert Elementary, Northeast Harbor

Mount Desert Nursery School, Northeast Harbor

Mountain View School, Sullivan

Pemetic School, Southwest Harbor

Penobscot Elementary School, Penobscot

Surry School, Surry

Trenton Elementary School, Trenton


Susan Farley