Healthy Acadia and Local Restaurants Launch “Hungry for Health 2016” Campaign to Turn the Tide on the Opioid Epidemic Downeast
July 22, 2016

This month, Healthy Acadia will launch its first annual “Hungry for Health” campaign in partnership with restaurants in Hancock and Washington counties to address a locally-identified community health issue. This year’s campaign focus is “Turning the Tide on the Opioid Epidemic Downeast.” Fundraising events will be held throughout the summer and fall at restaurants across Hancock and Washington counties. Community members are invited to dine out at participating restaurants, where all funds raised will support local efforts to increase much needed substance education, prevention, and treatment resources in our communities.

Flexit Café & Bakery, located at 192 Main Street in Ellsworth, will host the first event on Wednesday, August 3, with 10% of the day’s sales proceeds to be donated to fund needed services. Flexit Café & Bakery features coffee, soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, a juice bar, and smoothies. They will be open from 6:30am to 5pm on the day of the event. Find them on FaceBook to check out the menu.

"Too many of our friends, neighbors, and family members are desperately seeking help for substance use disorders and have limited treatment access," said Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia's Executive Director. "Healthy Acadia is working with partners to build treatment resources that fill gaps in pre-existing services, as well as to provide substance education and prevention in schools and community locations to ensure that fewer individuals become substance dependent."

To dine out in support of “Hungry for Health” at a restaurant near you, or to donate directly, visit HealthyAcadia.org or find Healthy Acadia on FaceBook. Information about participating restaurants will be updated weekly. For additional information, or if you are interested in hosting an event, donating or volunteering, please contact Shoshona at 667-7171 or via email at Shoshona@HealthyAcadia.org.