Healthy Acadia is seeking a Community Development Block Grant to expand the Hancock County Gleaning Initiative, an initiative that fights hunger across the county. The City of Ellsworth will serve as the grant’s sponsor. This grant will focus on delivering new sources of food to households in need. In Hancock County more than 20% of all children live in poverty and nearly half of all school-aged children qualify for subsidized school meals (Kids Count, 2012).
In the proposed project, Healthy Acadia and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide leadership to collect surplus produce from area farms and bulk non-perishable food from retail outlets. This food will be delivered to food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior citizen housing developments across Hancock County, providing a source of badly needed food at a time when pantries and soup kitchens are experiencing increasing demand.
With its primary focus on farm produce, the current initiative and the proposed expansion offer healthy, locally grown food to people in need across the county. This is part of a broader effort to promote healthy eating and healthy communities. To learn more about this project and to provide input, all community members are invited to participate in a public hearing on May 21st at 7pm at Ellsworth City Hall Council Chambers. For more information, contact Healthy Acadia’s Food, Farm and Nutrition Coordinator, Katie Freedman at 288-5331 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.