The program known as the Hancock County Food Drive kicked off on Saturday.

Needed now maybe more than ever. Those who depend on assistance like SNAP have had to adjust to recent cuts in that Federal and State government program.

This is the 12th year for the program and it kicked off on April Fools day at area stores in Ellsworth, Blue Hill and Bucksport and other Hancock County towns.

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On Saturday some of the volunteers dressed in costumes resembling fruit and vegetables. Good way to get attention to their much-needed efforts.

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They raise food and funds for the month for many organizations that provide food in their communities. Food pantries, community meal programs, and school programs as well.

Every one of us have felt the effect of the higher cost of food in recent times, and more and more are struggling.

There are many events that are part of this month long campaign including Miles for Meals, which is a virtual fundraising effort. On your own Walk, Run, Hike, Bike, Swim, anything to get more active and raise funds.

And all ages participate. There is an ongoing Youth Reading program when school kids can read to feed their neighbors.

The Hancock County Food Drive website has many creative and fun ways to help those in the community not fall any further behind when it comes to food security. Here’s the link

And let this fact sink in, more than one in 10 people in Maine are food insecure. Yes, that is a lot of people. Too many Mainers. We have to get this issue fixed.

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