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GoldenOak at The Grand: A Benefit Concert for Healthy Acadia’s Gleaning Initiative

Ellsworth- Healthy Acadia is raising funds for food security with a GoldenOak benefit concert at The Grand on Saturday, June 8th. This event will support Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative, a farm-based food collection and donation project that feeds people experiencing hunger with surplus nutritious produce.

Healthy Acadia’s Gleaning Initiative organizes the collection of fruits and vegetables from local farms and markets for distribution to food pantries, school backpack programs, community meal programs, and other agencies. This work addresses the significant economic barriers that many people in our community face when it comes to accessing healthy food. Since 2013, Healthy Acadia has gleaned nearly 228,000 pounds of food across Hancock and Washington counties. By redirecting fresh produce, we reduce food waste on farms and ensure that community members who are most in need, including children, have the opportunity to maintain a healthy diet, reduce diet related disease, and perform well in school.

“We are excited to partner with The Grand and GoldenOak to celebrate the Gleaning Initiative, which increases access to healthy food for thousands of individuals each year”, shared Rachel Emus, Healthy Acadia’s Food Programs Coordinator. “We hope people come out to enjoy this great music. Their evening out will directly support healthy food initiatives in our community!”

GoldenOak is an emerging sound in New England folk music, made up of sibling musicians Zak and Lena Kendall, joined by Mike Knowles and Jackson Cromwell. Considered to be ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene, GoldenOak has earned a nomination as “one of Portland’s most important upcoming bands” by Dispatch Magazine. The bands most recent EP “Foxgloves” was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards.

“We can’t think of a better venue to host this event than The Grand,” said Emus, of the iconic non-profit performing arts center in downtown Ellsworth, Maine. Doors open at 7:00pm and music begins at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit to purchase your tickets ahead of time. To learn more about the Downeast Gleaning Initiative, contact Rachel at [email protected] or visit the Healthy Acadia website at

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