ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- For the entire month of March, Hancock County has had a county wide food drive to help out the 13 different food pantries and soup kitchens in the county.
Volunteers of the food drive said it started out a little slow, but more and more food was donated as time went on. The food is being stored at the U Maine cooperative extension center in Ellsworth. There is so much food that workers have had to start storing it in the hallway.
"I heard from a couple folks that I collected from, that last week was the real push, that people knew it was coming to the end and they were bringing in their food," Volunteer Meghan Goff said.
Marjorie Peronto is an extension educator at the U Maine cooperation center, and she is very involved in the food drive. She said this food drive is really going to help the food pantries and soup kitchens in the county.
"I've heard from pantry representatives is that the numbers using the pantries are way up. And there are even people that used to donate to pantries that are now finding themselves having to come in and ask for food," Peronto said.
Tomorrow is the final day for people to donate food. Peronto said people can drop off food at Shaw's from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Hannaford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ellsworth locations. After all of the food is collected, it will be sorted and evenly distributed among all of the food pantries and soup kitchens in the county.
The pantries and kitchens will also get money on top of the food they will receive. The United Way of Eastern Maine, Maine Community Foundation and other private donors will donate $1 for every item of food that is donated up to $12,000.
Now that the food drive is coming to an end, Goff said she is happy to be part of it.
"It's a good feeling knowing that, I mean you look around, we've collected so much through this, and there are so many families that will be able to use that," Goff said.