The 11th Annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off Saturday, April 2nd. Volunteers will be at 9 locations on Saturday April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  collecting food, non-food and cash donations to benefit those in Hancock County.

This year's Food Drive has a goal of collecting $40,000 in cash donation which will provide 120,000 meals to Hancock County community members through partnering food pantries, free meal programs, and school backpack programs.

Donations may be made at the following locations on Saturday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Bar Harbor - A&B Naturals, Bar Harbor Hannaford
  • Blue Hill - Blue Hill Coop, Tradewinds
  • Bucksport - Bucksport Hannaford
  • Deer Isle - The Galley
  • Ellsworth - Ellsworth Hannaford, Friends and Family Market
  • Stonington - Burnt Cove Market

Maine is the most food insecure state in New England, a distinction that has only been exacerbated since the COVID-10 pandemic. Nearly 1 in 10 households in the state lack access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food. In Hancock County, the numbers are even more daunting: 1 in 5 children live in food insecure households, causing lifelong impacts on educational outcomes and physical, mental, and social health.

Last year through the Hancock County Food Drive the community raised $37,203 and collected 4,500 food items for 19 local food assistance organizations.

You can donate online HERE

Suggested Food Donations include; Baby Food, Beans (Canned and Dry) Canned Chicken and Fish, Canned Soup, Cereal (Low-Sugar), Coffee and Tea, Cooking Oil (olive, canola), Dried Fruit and Nuts, Dried (Instant) Mashed Potatoes, Gluten Free Items, Granola Bars, Mac 'n Cheese, Oatmeal, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Peanut Butter, Popcorn (microwave), Single Serving Cereal, Fruit Cups, Raisin Boxes, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Oatmeal, Rice and Spices/Herbs

Suggested Non-Food Donations include: Baby Wipes, Can Openers, Cold Cups and Paper Cups, Deodorant, Diapers, Dish Soap, Dish Towels, Hand Sanitizer, Hand Wipes, Menstrual Products, Scouring Pads/Sponges, Shampoo, Shaving Gel, Soap, Strainers, Toilet Paper, Tooth Brushes, Toothpaste, Vegetable Peelers

For more information visit the Hancock County Food Drive website

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