Eat Well Volunteer Program

Eat Well CEA, Leah, smiling next to produce at local food pantry

Do you love to cook and talk about food? Do you enjoy volunteering and making a difference in your community? The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for its Eat Well Volunteers Program in Hancock County. You will be trained to teach food pantry patrons about healthy food preparation, food safety, and basic food preservation, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits.

After completing the training, you will conduct lessons on a weekly-monthly basis with patrons of a local food pantry. UMaine Extension will provide the lesson plans and teaching materials you will use at the community sites. Your required 30 hours of volunteer community outreach will occur from July – November.

To learn more about the Eat Well Volunteers program please call the Hancock County Extension office at 207.667.8212 or email

For More Information or to Submit a Volunteer Interest Form

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone can commit to regular volunteering, or maybe you want to be involved but missed this year’s training. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can still help out in your community.

– Donate extra produce from your garden to the Downeast Gleaning Initiative
– Connect with Healthy Acadia! They offer classes, events, and other community-based activities that promote healthy living
– Participate in the Maine Harvest for Hunger initiative
– Donate to your local food pantries. Please contact the pantry directly to see if and when they accept donations (Hancock County Pantries PDF)

Eat Well Resources

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