A month-long food drive kicked off in Hancock County on Saturday. FILE PHOTO

Hancock County Food Drive begins

The Hancock County Food Drive kicked off on Saturday, Feb. 28. This is the fourth year for the month long event that helps to fill food pantry shelves all across Hancock County.

There is no doubt this has been a long, cold and difficult winter. For those who have to make a choice between food, heat or medication it has been even worse. Fuel prices are down but people are using more fuel to heat their homes because of the record low temperatures.

The cost of snow removal is higher for the elderly and those unable to shovel. Many businesses have had to close during snowstorms and many employees aren’t paid for those days. Even the flu has taken a toll on the incomes of those who work jobs without benefits.

More than 500 people lost their jobs when the Verso Mill in Bucksport closed. Those workers lived in towns all around the state with the majority of them in Hancock County. All of those factors have created a huge strain on local food pantries. The Fourth Annual Hancock County Food Drive comes at a critical time when donations are typically low and the demand increases.

You can help by donating canned food at more than 90 collection sites around Hancock County. This year’s goal is 15,000 items. Each donated food item will be matched by a cash donation.

In addition Geddy’s Pub in Bar Harbor, H & R Block in Ellsworth and Maine Sea Coast Vegetables in Franklin will each give an additional dollar for every item donated at the food collection site in their business.

You can win a vehicle detailing at Stanley Subaru in Trenton by donating a can of food and guessing how many cans it takes to fill a car with food. The person who guesses the closest without going over wins.

All the food and money will be divided between the pantries and community meal sites in Hancock County.

You can make a monetary donation at www.unitedwayeasternmaine.org and click on the “Give” button and write 2015 Hancock County Food Drive in the “Special Instructions” box.

Checks can be made out to United Way of Eastern Maine with Hancock County Food Drive on the memo line. Checks can be sent to 24 Springer Drive suite 201 Bangor, Maine 04401. Donations of food can be dropped off at sites all over Hancock County.

For more information please call Marjorie Peronto at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 667-8212.

It’s not too late for you, your business or your organization to get involved! Sponsors Include:

Eager Eye Photography- Mount Desert

EZ Self Storage- Ellsworth

Penobscot Financial Advisors- Bangor

Ellsworth Chainsaw- Ellsworth

Fair Trade Winds- Bar Harbor

Ellsworth Tennis Center- Ellsworth

Handmade Papers- Brooklin

Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care-Ellsworth

Brown Family Farm

Acadia National Park

Blue Hill Co-op- Blue Hill

Dead River- Ellsworth

Hancock Countywide Food Drive 2015

MDI collection sites

Bar Harbor:

✓A & B Naturals

✓Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

✓Bar Harbor Town Office

✓Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Vis. Center

✓Cadillac Mountain Sports

✓Camden National Bank

✓Geddy’s Pub

✓Jackson Lab

✓Paradis True Value Hardware

✓St. Saviour’s Parish

Mount Desert

✓Camden National Bank


Northeast Harbor:

✓Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

✓The Knowles Company

✓The Neighborhood House

Southwest Harbor:

✓Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

✓Southwest Harbor Library


✓Sewing by the Sea

Participating Schools

✓Pemetic School, Southwest Harbor

✓Tremont Consolidated, Bass Harbor

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