The second annual Hancock County Food Drive is a success. Thanks to more than 100 donation sites and everyone who put items in the boxes, 12,350 were collected. The United Way of Eastern Maine and the Maine Community Foundation pledged grants that would match $1 for every item donated up to $10,000. That goal was easily surpassed with the help of all those who participated. An additional $654 dollars was donated. The money and food items are being divided between the food pantries and community meal sites in Hancock County.
The food drive was a joint effort by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, United Way of Eastern Maine, Maine Community Foundation, Washington Hancock Community Agency and Healthy Acadia as well as all the food pantries, churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations who participated. This is the time of year when donations are typically down and the need increases because some seasonal jobs are over and others have not started. The food couldn’t have come at a better time. Some pantry officials say their shelves were nearly empty. The items collected from the food drive will help see them through the next couple of months.
“We are so grateful to everyone who helped or donated items”, says Marjorie Peronto who works for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and played a key role in coordinating the effort. “Many of our neighbors and friends go hungry and we aren’t even aware of it. This will help feed a lot of people.”