County-wide food drive begins March 2

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Food Drive is seeking support from the local business community to meet its 2019 fundraising goal of $25,000.

The Food Drive is a month-long food collection and fundraising project that happens annually in March and directly supports food pantries, free meal programs and school backpack programs across Hancock County. Since 2012, this collaborative project has worked to address the high rate of food insecurity our community faces during late winter and early spring. Members of the Hancock County Food Security Network work together throughout the month of March to raise funds and collect food, providing critical assistance for our neighbors during a time of year when resources are needed more than ever in one of America’s most food-insecure states. In 2018, the Food Drive collected 4,250 food items and raised nearly $23,000 from sponsors, school collections and private donors.

The Eighth Annual Food Drive will kick off with a multi-site, county-wide donation drive on Saturday, March 2. Area grocers, retailers, and downtown businesses will host food drive volunteers to collect food and raise money for participating food security organizations.

“If you are out shopping between the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 2, and you come across a person wearing a fruit or vegetable costume, please give what you can to this important cause!” organizers said. “Every dollar counts.”

A calendar of fundraising events is also being organized for the month of March, and includes a Lip Sync Contest at Fogtown Brewery on March 23, a social at the Serendipity Resale Clothing Boutique, a nutrition talk at Jesup Library and more. The Hancock County Food Drive is sponsored by United Way of Eastern Maine, Maine Community Foundation, Star 97.7, Maine Coast Mall, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Healthy Acadia, and is made possible by the efforts of the Hancock County Food Security Network members and their volunteers.

To become an official Food Drive Sponsor, make a donation of $50 or greater to the Hancock County Food Drive, and/or participate as a host site for our one-day kick-off donation drive on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other ways to support the Food Drive include texting FeedME2019 to 41444; and collecting food, including canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna, whole-wheat pasta and healthy soups.

Contact Rachel Emus at 667-7171 or email [email protected]

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