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Thank you Hancock County! 

4th Annual Hancock County Food Drive was a huge success!

The 2015 County Food Drive was again a huge success!  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 participating food pantries and meal sites across Hancock County.


Total food collected: 13,900 items = 11,583 meals, valued at $29,190. (based on Feeding America Formula of 1.2 lbs. per meal and $2.52 retail cost per meal for donated food) This is the most we have collected since we started the drive in 2011.

Total cash donations: $12,664 = ability to purchase 9,894 additional meals (based on Feeding America Formula of $1.58 wholesale cost per meal purchased through the cash donations)

We had 125 food collection sites from 29 towns in Hancock County.

Thank you to 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

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