Through our Nutrition Education Initiative, Healthy Acadia provides education on USDA nutrition guidelines to people living with low incomes across Hancock and Washington Counties. We offer classes in nutrition, healthy cooking, and healthy grocery shopping on a limited budget to reach households experiencing low income. Our team provides educational sessions in schools, child care and Head Start facilities, community centers, food pantries, farmers' markets, and more.
The initiative is funded federally through the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant, which is held by the State of Maine and administered state-wide by the University of New England (UNE). UNE has contracted with Healthy Acadia to implement the nutrition education objectives across Hancock and Washington Counties in community-specific efforts through our comprehensive, on-the-ground network.
For more information and access to interactive tools to support you and your family in eating healthfully on a budget, click here.
To learn about Healthy Acadia's nutrition education programs that are tailored for specific interests and age groups, click here.
To learn more about nutrition education classes and events, or to share ideas for locations to offer nutrition and cooking classes to low-income community members please contact:
Hancock County: Nikki Fox at 667-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington County: Sara McConnell at 263-5430 or email@example.com
Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, coordinates gleaning opportunities throughout Hancock and Washington Counties though the Downeast Gleaning Initiative. Visit our Gleaning page to learn more.
The Summer Meals Program is a USDA nutrition program that ensures children are well fed during the summer months. As an extension of the National School Lunch (which provides free and reduced school meals to students who qualify), the Summer Meals Program provides nutritionally-balanced meals to children 18 years or under, free of charge.
Healthy Acadia is partnering with a number of schools, community organizations, recreation centers, and other community partners to implement summer meals programs and help get meals to the kids who need it most. In addition to providing food, Summer Meal sites provide an opportunity to teach nutrition education, and provide physical activity, games, and tasting contests, all in a safe and fun supervised environment.
Stay tuned for 2017 Summer Meal sites throughout Hancock and Washington counties.
For more information about the program, to volunteer, or if your community organization is interested in hosting a Summer Meal site, please contact:
Hancock County: Emily Herwerden at 667-7171
Washington County: Regina Grabrovac at 255-3741
Senior Farm Share is a federally funded program administered by the Maine Department of Agriculture that provides low-income seniors with free, locally grown produce. Farmers are subsidized to provide deliveries of produce directly to the seniors. Healthy Acadia plays a coordinating role in the Senior Farm Share Program by encouraging local farmers to participate in the program and recruiting seniors to sign up.
- Information for Farmers
- Information for Seniors
- 2017 Senior Farm Shares Listing: Available June 2017. This document will include the participating Senior FarmShare farmers who are offering shares and the approximate number of shares available. The listing will be updated throughout the harvest season, and farmers whose shares are "sold out" for 2017 will be removed. Farms are listed by county, then town.
For more information, contact:
Hancock County: Emily Herwerden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington County: Regina Grabrovac at email@example.com
Healthy Acadia partners with UMaine Cooperative Extension, United Way of Eastern Maine, Washington Hancock Community Agency, Maine Community Foundation, food security organizations and other organizations across Hancock County to implement the Food Drive each year during the month of March. The Food Drive planning committee actively recruits food collection sites and business sponsors from throughout Hancock County. All collected food and donations are divided evenly among participating food pantries and meal sites throughout Hancock County. For more information, contact Emily Herwerden at 667-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2017 Food Drive Begins March 1!
The 6th Annual Hancock County Food Drive begins March 1st and runs through March 31st. This county-wide effort to raise food and funds benefits a number of Hancock County food pantries, community meals, and school backpack programs. Click here for a list of sponsors and collection sites. Each benefiting organization agrees to help with the coordination of the food drive, and in exchange receives an equal portion of donations received.
Food and funds are collected through numerous businesses, schools, libraries, churches, and other organizations that agree to be official collection sites and sponsors for the drive. If your business or organization is interested in collecting food or becoming a sponsor of the Hancock County Food Drive, contact Emily Herwerden at email@example.com.
Financial donations are just as important, if not more, than donations of food items. can provide 4 meals to families in need, since pantries can often buy food items at wholesale cost. To donate to the Hancock County Food Drive, text FeedME2017 to 41444 or click here.
If you would prefer to send a check, please make payable to United Way of Eastern Maine, and write "2017 Hancock County Food Drive" in the memo line. Checks may be sent to:
Attn: Hancock County Food Drive
United Way of Eastern Maine
700 Main Street, Suite 1
Bangor, ME 04401
Food security organizations need your support throughout the year.
Food security organizations need your help to provide healthy food for families and community members in need every day. Food pantries need nutritious, non-perishable foods such as:
- whole grain pasta
- whole grain rice
- healthy soups
- canned vegetables
- canned tuna and meats
- peanut butter
- low-sugar, whole grain cereal
- low-sugar canned fruit
Please be sure to check expiration dates on any items you plan to donate.
2016 Food Drive Successes:
Nearly 100 schools, businesses, organizations community groups, and town offices collected more than 7,100 food items, and 16 business sponsors and numerous private donors raised more than ,600!
The food items collected will provide approximately 5,917 meals, and the financial contributions will allow the participating food pantries and meal sites to purchase an additional 6,076 meals!
2015 Food Drive Successes:
• We collected 13,900 food items and nearly ,000!
• Over 123 businesses, schools and other organizations from 29 towns in Hancock County collected and donated food.
2014 Food Drive Successes:
• We collected 10,675 food items and over ,000!
• Over 141 businesses, schools and other organizations from 31 towns in Hancock County collected and donated food.
2013 Food Drive Successes:
- We collected 12,350 food items and over ,600!
- A total of 114 businesses, schools and other organizations from 22 towns in Hancock County collected and donated food
2012 Food Drive Successes:
- We collected over 7,250 food items and over ,500!
- Nearly 100 area businesses, schools, and organizations pitched in to raise food and money for the drive
For more information, contact:
Katie Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Acadia works throughout Hancock and Washington counties to support and grow farmers' markets, and to help increase awareness of and access to the markets, particularly among people experiencing low income.
As part of this work, Healthy Acadia helps farmers' markets become equipped to accept SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) at their markets. We also work with Farmers' Markets to enable them to provide "Double Your Benefits" for SNAP customers - where people can receive produce at a reduced rate when using their SNAP benefits.
- In 2013, Healthy Acadia worked with area food producers and crafts people, the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, to successfully revitalize the Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market and to enable them to accept SNAP benefits.
Healthy Acadia has developed several flyers for the 2016 season that list the farmers' markets by region. Farmers' Market information for the upcoming season will be available May 2017. Included on the flyers is information about market locations and times, which markets accept SNAP payments, if certain vendors accept WIC payments, and more. Flyers can be downloaded by clicking on the title below:
- Blue Hill & Deer Isle-Stonington Farmers' Markets
- Bucksport Area Farmers' Markets
- NEW! Eastport Farmers' Market
- Ellsworth & Mount Desert Island Farmers' Markets
- Hancock County Farmers' Markets
- Schoodic Peninsula Region Farmers' Markets
- Washington County Farmers' Markets
- Washington County Buying Clubs, Farm Stands and Other Local Markets
For more information, contact:
Hancock County: Emily Herwerden, 667-7171, or email@example.com.
Washington County: Gretchen Swain, 255-3741, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Acadia co-convenes the Hancock County Food Security Network, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Washington County Food Council. The Networks share resources, creatively solve problems, and organize advocacy efforts among the food pantries and community meal sites across the county. Healthy Acadia’s Katie Freedman leads these efforts in Hancock County; Regina Grobrovac, in Washington County.
List of Food Pantries and Community Meal Sites, Hancock County
For more information, contact:
Katie Freedman at email@example.com
Marjorie Peronto, Umaine Extension Educator at 667-8212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina Grabrovac at email@example.com