The Fourth Annual Hancock County Food Drive kicks off Saturday, February 28th and it comes at a very opportune time.
More than forty-four percent of Hancock County children qualified for reduced school lunches in 2014 but hunger doesn’t go away at the end of the school day. Those children often go to bed hungry and spend the weekend that way. Fifteen percent of all Maine households lack access to nutritious food. During the winter that number goes even higher as Mainers struggle to pay for heating their homes. The prolonged periods of frigid temperatures, rising fuel prices and the number of storms have combined to make it even more difficult this year. That creates an extra strain on local food pantries and community meal sites which have seen their numbers swell in recent months.