DOWNEAST- The 4th Annual Hancock County Food Drive is entering its final full week. This is the last chance to donate and help organizers reach their 15,000 item goal.
Hunger impacts more of our friends, family and neighbors than most people realize. The USDA estimates that 200,000 people in the state of Maine are food insecure. They are considered food insecure when they lack access to enough food to ensure adequate nutrition. Last year 44% of the children in Hancock qualified for free or reduced school lunches. Many families struggle to make ends meet even when parents are working several low paying jobs. The elderly are also impacted as they try to pay for medication, heat and food.
All the food and money collected during the food drive will be divided between food pantries and community meal sites in Hancock County. There is a cash match. In addition Geddy’s Pub in Bar Harbor, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables in Franklin and H & R Block in Ellsworth have each pledged to contribute one dollar for every item donated at their business. The Pickled Wrinkle in Birch Harbor will take one dollar off a meal for anyone who brings a donation to their restaurant. You can go online and make a monetary donation by going to unitedwayem.org and click on “Give Now”. Under “Special Instructions” write 2015 Hancock County Food Drive. It’s not too late to donate but time is running out. The Food Drive ends March 31st.
For more information contact Marjorie Peronto at 667-8212 or Marjorie.firstname.lastname@example.org.