Food Drive Kicks Off

Posted March 04, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.

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 and click on the “Donate Now” button. For more information please contact Marjorie Peronto at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 667-8212

Donation Sites:

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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

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