Food Drive Reaches Milestone

Posted March 14, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.

The Second annual Hancock County Food Drive has reached a milestone. There are collection boxes at more than 100 businesses, schools and churches around the county.

This is the time of year when food pantries typically have the hardest time getting donations and keeping the shelves stocked. The food drive is a collaborative effort by the Maine Community Foundation, United Way of Eastern Maine, Healthy Acadia, Washington Hancock Community Agency, UMaine Cooperative Extension and participating donation sites to do just that. Without all the community support the food drive would not be possible. The Knowles Company in Northeast Harbor is one business that has stepped forward to help. They have filled a box in the short time since the food drive began. Employee Sarah Tapley says they filled several boxes last year and they are excited to be participating again. They have put information on their website and on Facebook hoping people will bring in more food. This is the first year the Dead River Company in Ellsworth has participated. Their employees pay to dress down every Friday. After reading about the food drive they decided to donate the proceeds and become a donation site.

If you would like to help checks can be made out to the United Way of Eastern Maine with” Hancock Food Drive” written on the memo line. They should be sent to 24 Springer Drive Suite 201 Bangor, Maine 04401. Credit card donations can be made by calling 941-2800. Thanks to grants every food item donated will be matched by $1 up to $10,000. All of the money and the food will be divided between the food pantries in Hancock County. Anyone interested in becoming a donation location can contact Marjorie Peronto at 1-800-287-1479. Donations of food may be dropped off at the following locations:

Bar Harbor:

A & B Naturals

Acadia National Park (staff drive)

Bar Harbor Town Hall

Friends of Acadia

Healthy Acadia

Jackson Lab (staff drive)

Jesup Memorial Library

MDI Hospital’s 9 Health Centers

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

Blue Hill:

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

Blue Hill Food Co-op

Blue Hill Public Library

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (staff drive)

Camden National Bank

First Congregational Church

Friendship Cottage

Tradewinds Market


Brooksville Public Service Bldg

Bucks Harbor Market


Tozier’s Market



Camden National Bank

Witherle Memorial Library


Eastbrook Store


Ben’s Store

Camden National Bank

Darling’s Auto Mall

Dead River Company

Downeast Family YMCA

Downeast Health Services (staff drive)

Ellsworth City Hall

Ellsworth Shell

First Congregational Church

Friends and Family Market

Friends in Action Senior Center

Hancock County Habitat for Humanity

Hannaford Supermarket

Home Depot


Machias Savings Bank

Maine Community Foundation (staff drive)

Maine Shellfish

Morton’s Moo


St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

TD Bank

Town Auto Sales

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth

United Methodist Church


Washington Hancock Community Agency


Franklin Baptist Church

Franklin Methodist Church

Franklin Trading Post


Hancock Grocery

Hancock Post Office

Hancock Town Hall

Tideway Market

Viking Lumber


Lamoine Marketplace General Store

Lamoine Baptist Church

Northeast Harbor:

The Knowles Company

Mount Desert Nursery School

The Neighborhood House

Northeast Harbor Library


Otis General Store


Northern Bay Market


Sorrento Town Office

Southwest Harbor:

Harbor House

Hatched on MDI

Sawyer’s Market

Southwest Harbor Food Mart

Southwest Harbor Library

Southwest Harbor Post Office


Dunbar’s Store

Frenchman’s Bay Library

Sullivan Town Office


Surry General Store

Surry Store

Surry Town Office

Sweet Pea Gardens

Wave Walker Bed and Breakfast

Town Hill:

Town Hill Market

Camden National Bank


Good News Center (church)

The Hinckley Company

Stanley Subaru

Trenton Marketplace IGA

Community Groups Conducting Drives

Jolly Juniors 4-H Club, Waltham

Participating Schools

Acadia Christian School, Trenton

Adams School, Castine

Airline School, Aurora

Beech Hill School, Otis

Blue Hill Consolidated School, Blue Hill

Brooksville Elementary, Brooksville

Bucksport High School

Bucksport Middle School

Cave Hill School, Eastbrook

College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor

Connors Emerson School, Bar Harbor

Deer Isle Stonington Elem. School, Deer Isle

Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Ells.

Hancock Grammar School, Hancock

Jewett School, Bucksport

Lamoine Elementary, Lamoine

Maine Maritime Academy, Castine

Miles Lane School, Bucksport

Mount Desert Elementary, Northeast Hbr

Mount Desert Nursery School, Northeast Hbr

Mountain View School, Sullivan

Pemetic School, Southwest Hbr

Penobscot Elementary School, Penobscot

Surry School, Surry

Trenton Elementary School, Trenton

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