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University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Hancock County gives local residents access to the resources and expertise of the University of Maine. Through educational programs and resources, UMaine Extension delivers unbiased, research-based information to Hancock County citizens. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics. To find out how we can help you, browse our site or contact us.

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For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has worked with Maine volunteers to offer community-driven, research-based educational programs in every county. Our annual report features highlights  of recent accomplishments and the difference we make in the lives of Maine citizens and their communities.

Our Annual Report is available upon request. Please e-mail sue.baez@maine.edu to receive a free PDF version.

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4th Annual Hancock County Food Drive

The 2015 County Food Drive will begin on Saturday, February 28th, with a kick-off event at Friends and Family Market in Ellsworth.  This is the fourth year for the month long event that helps to fill the shelves of 10 food pantries and 6 meal sites all across Hancock County.  In addition, with the help of Sponsors and donations, all matching funds raised will be divided evenly between the food pantries and meal sites across Hancock County.  You can help by donating canned food at more than 100 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 several local businesses are pledging their support.

These are the 2015 County Food Drive official Sponsoring Businesses:

Blue Hill Coop – Blue Hill2015 Food Drive Poster 1

Brown Family Farm ANP – Bar Harbor

- Church of Our Father, Bar Harbor

Dead River Company – Ellsworth

Diakoneint Foundation - Hancock

Eager Eye Photography – Mount Desert

Ellsworth Chainsaw – Trenton

Ellsworth Tennis Center – Ellsworth

Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care – Ellsworth

EZ Self Storage – Ellsworth

Fair Trade Winds – Bar Harbor, Fairfax, VA

Geddy’s Pub – Bar Harbor

Handmade Papers – Brooklin

H&R Block – Ellsworth

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables – Franklin

Paradis True Value Hardware - Bar Harbor

Penobscot Financial Advisors – Bangor

Savage Forest Enterprise – Mount Desert

Wallace Tent – Ellsworth

Find out how your business can become a Collection Site or Sponsor → HERE

How can you make a cash donation?    Visit United Way of Eastern Maine   (Click on the GIVE icon – under the Special Instructions tab – please list Hancock County Food Drive)    Or  – Checks can be made out to United Way of Eastern Maine (with Hancock County Food Drive) in memo line.  Mail to:  UWEM, 24 Spinger Drive, Suite 201, Bangor, Maine  04401

What do food pantries NEED?  ⇒  They need whole grain pastas, healthy soups, canned vegetables, low sugar cereals, whole grain rice, canned fruits, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meats….. and THEY NEED YOU!  Please consider donating today and remember, for each donated food item will be matched with an additional cash donation!  Our goal – 15,000 Food items!

Where can you donate food items?  Here is a list of   participating Food Collection Sites.

 List of Food Pantries & Meal Sites

For more information call:  207.667.8212

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New Offering – Small and Home-Based Business Focus Group

Through a partnership between UMaine Cooperative Extension and the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary,  aspiring or existing business owners in Hancock County can participate in a facilitated brainstorming session with a team of experienced and knowledgeable local business leaders. The focus group will provide valuable feedback on an issue of importance to the business and help the business owner gain helpful insights and ideas for improving the business.   For More Information

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Eat Well Volunteer Program  – Volunteer Opportunities

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for its new Eat Well Volunteer Program.  

Click Here →  Eat Well Volunteer