More than 1 in 10 Maine households goes without nutritious food, making Maine the most food insecure state in New England. Childhood food insecurity rates in our region are even higher: according to Kids Count Data Center, 1 in 6 children in Hancock County live in food insecure households, which can have lifelong impacts on children’s physical health, mental health, and educational outcomes.
We estimate that food security organizations in Downeast, Maine collectively serve 10,000 individuals per month. By building resources for these programs, the Hancock County Food Drive works to ensure that all people in our community have access to nutritious, affordable food.
At the end of April, all of the donations will be evenly distributed among the 16 participating food assistance programs. 100% of your donation goes toward feeding people in our community.
= 2 meals
Monetary donations go a long way. Food pantries often buy their food at wholesale cost from food banks, so they can purchase almost twice as much food with $1.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Write your check to Heart of Maine United Way with “Hancock County Food Drive” in the memo line
Mail to: Heart of Maine United Way, 700 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401