Press Release

Public input wanted on initiative to fight hunger

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Healthy Acadia is seeking a Community Development Block Grant to expand the Hancock County Gleaning Initiative that fights hunger across the county. The city of Ellsworth will serve as the grant’s sponsor. The grant will focus on delivering new sources of food to households in need. A public hearing about the project will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, in City Hall Council Chambers.

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. For more information, contact Healthy Acadia’s Food, Farm and Nutrition Coordinator Katie Freedman at 207-288-5331 or