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Donor Pledges Support for Food Drive

Posted March 17, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.

An unexpected donation will make it possible for local food pantries to obtain some much needed items.

This has been a tough winter for food pantries throughout Hancock County. The number of people coming to them for assistance is increasing and this is the time of year when donations are down. The 3rd Annual Hancock County Food Drive is collecting food to help but there are other basic necessities that people can’t afford. Personal hygiene items are at the top of the list. Those items can’t be purchased with “SNAP” benefits and most food pantries don’t have the resources to purchase them. A generous donation will make it possible for them to do that. A donor from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation is giving a $5,000 grant to the Hancock County Food Drive. It is earmarked specifically for food pantries to purchase personal hygiene products. “We are pleased to be part of this collaborative effort and with our targeted support -to provide non- food items like soap, deodorant, diapers and feminine hygiene products- we hope to bring attention to these important items that food pantries know their patrons often have difficulty providing to their families.”

The 3rd Annual Hancock County Food Drive runs until March 31st. There are more than 130 collection sites around the county. This year’s goal is 15,000 items. The United Way of Eastern Maine and the Maine Community Foundation will match $1 for every food item collected up to $10,000. Monetary donations can be made online by going to www.unitedwayem.org and click on the “Donate Now” button. 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. For more information please contact Marjorie Peronto, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, at 667-8212.

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