ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Hancock County kicked off its second annual county wide food drive this weekend. The widespread drive covers nearly sixty locations across the county where people can drop off canned goods or money to suppose the local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Jim Tintle with Loaves and Fishes Pantry said, "It's helping the people that don't really have money for food with the cost of fuel and the cost of oil now, people are just doing without food." All proceeds will remain in the county. The food and money will be split among the local food pantries and soup kitchens.

According to Tintle, over the past few years the need for assistance has grown.

"You never know day to day who's going to be in this situation, that's the biggest thing. We have people coming into the pantry crying and saying we never thought we would be in a place like this. So you never know," said Tintle.

One of the drop off locations, Friends and Family Market in Ellsworth began taking donations Friday and they continue to roll in. Tintle said, "The people, they really appreciate it. They come in a

nd they get the food and some of them might say 'Here, I can afford 5 dollars,"' which is excellent. Those are the people you don't mind helping."

The county wide food drive will last until March 31st. The United Way of Eastern Maine and Maine Community Foundation will provide a one dollar match for every food item donated up to $10,000. For drop off locations and other ways you can help visit their website.

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