ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 2nd annual Hancock County Food drive ended last month. Organizers were busy tallying up the numbers Thursday, to see if they met their goal of 10,000 items.
Volunteers worked through out the day organizing all the cans, jars, bags and boxes of food that were collected by the communities in Hancock County. Marcus Virostek helped out for the first time this year and couldn't believe the piles of food he was met with at the door.
"When I got here I thought, wow they're really doing a lot of good," said Virostek. "There's a ton of people helping out and there are a ton of food to help other people out."
The goal from this years food drive was 10,000 items. If that goal was met both the United Way of Eastern Maine and the Maine Community Foundation would pitch in $5,000 in matching funds each. According to one of the organizers, Susan Farley, the communities in Hancock County did everything they could to make that happen.
"We ended up with over 100 different schools and businesses, churches, libraries, civic organization participating in this this year. It was really great," said Farley.
As of Thursday afternoon the food count was around 12,000, surpassing the goal and guaranteeing the matching grants worth $10,000. Those items will be divided between a dozen food pantries throughout the Downeast, like the Emmaus Center in Ellsworth. Brian Hain provides meals to as many as 120 families a month there.
"This is a slow time of year. Our shelters are pretty dry in terms of canned goods and stuff go. This comes right at a good time," said Hain.