The Third Annual Hancock County Food Drive is ending on a high note. More than 10,600 items were collected during the month long event. The United Way of Eastern Maine and the Maine Community Foundation pledged to match $1 for every item up to $10,000.That goal was met thanks to everyone who participated. An anonymous donor pledged an additional $500 and a donor from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation is giving $5,000 earmarked for personal hygiene items.
The food drive was a joint effort by the University Cooperative Extension, Healthy Acadia, Washington Hancock Community Agency, United Way of Eastern Maine and the Maine Community Foundation as well as food pantries, businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations. The food couldn’t have come at a better time. The demand on food pantries grew as people struggled to make ends meet during a winter that saw long periods of freezing temperatures and many storms. Donations to food pantries drop off this time of year but the need continues to increase because some seasonal jobs are over and others have not started. The items collected during the food drive will help restock pantry shelves and provide meals to people throughout Hancock County.
“This is an example of community coming together to make a difference,” says Marjorie Peronto from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. ”We are so grateful to everyone who helped make it a success .”
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