ELLSWORTH — The third annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off on March 1 with a goal of helping those who are struggling to get by.
The cold temperatures, significant increases in the price of fuel and frequent snowstorms have added an extra burden for area elderly on fixed incomes and those who have a hard time making ends meet. As a result, food pantries and community meal sites have seen an increase in the number of people coming to them for assistance.
The drive runs the entire month of March. The goal is to beat last year’s total by collecting 15,000 food items. Once again the United Way of Eastern Maine and the Maine Community Foundation will match $1 for every item donated up to $10,000. All the money and the food will be divided equally between the food pantries and community meal sites.
Donations can be made online by going to www.unitedwayem.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button. Checks should be made out to the United Way of Eastern Maine with “Hancock County Food Drive” on the memo line and sent to 24 Springer Dr., Suite 201 Bangor, ME 04401.
Collection sites are located at many schools and businesses throughout the county. To find out how to become a collection site or get more information, contact Marjorie Peronto at 667-8212.