2020 Hancock County Food Drive Results
Healthy Acadia is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Hancock County Food Drive, which takes place annually in March, raised $37,641 and collected 5,000 food items, resulting in 150,731 meals for community members in need. Donations were divided evenly among the following Hancock County food security organizations:
Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Bib & Tucker, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Common Good Soup Kitchen, Emmaus Homeless Shelter, Everybody Eats! Community Meal, H.O.M.E. Co-op, Hancock Grammar School Backpack Program, Life Line Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, MDI Backpack Program, Miles Lane School Friday Food Program, Open Table MDI, The Magic Food Bus, The Simmering Pot Community Meal, Weekend with EE! Backpack Program, The Welcome Table, and What’s for Suppa? Food Pantry.
Throughout the month of March, volunteers collected donations at retailers, grocers, banks, and markets as part of the project’s county-wide Kick-Off Event, and during the Spring Fling to Fight Hunger fundraiser at The Farmhouse Inn in Blue Hill. When the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Maine in mid-March, the remainder of the project’s events were cancelled. Despite these challenges, this year has been the Food Drive’s most successful fundraising year to date, thanks to generous support from Maine Community Foundation, local businesses, community members, and an incredible $10,000 anonymous donation.
The Hancock County Food Drive is organized by Healthy Acadia, United Way of Eastern Maine, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and local food security organizations, with support from Maine Community Foundation, Star 97.7, and Maine Coast Mall.
Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, food insecurity in our communities has risen significantly. You can help alleviate hunger by making a donation to a food security organization in your community. Click here to find a food pantry or free-meal site near you. Help us bring local produce to these organizations by volunteering with the Gleaning Initiative, which collects surplus fruits and vegetables on farms and redistributes it to hunger relief organizations. For more information, contact [email protected]
Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.HealthyAcadia.org.