United Way of Mid-Maine to Hold Virtual Sculpture Contest & Food Drive

WATERVILLE, ME (February 25, 2021) – United Way of Mid-Maine (UWMM) is taking their annual sculpture contest and food drive virtual! Local businesses, organizations, and groups will collect non-perishable food and basic needs items which they will use to build fun sculptures! This event is part of their Pantry Project initiative and the food collected will be distributed to pantries throughout Somerset, northern Kennebec, and western Waldo counties.

Food insecurity is a significant challenge for families throughout the Mid-Maine region. According to FeedingAmerica.org, the food insecurity rate in Somerset County is 16.6% and is 13% in both Kennebec and Waldo counties. Food insecurity refers to the lack of access a family has to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Families often find themselves having to choose between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. Food banks and pantries work tirelessly to combat food insecurity in their communities.

Families continue to feel the effects of COVID and are struggling to access basic, everyday needs.” Says Bethany Drouin, Resource Development Director for UWMM. “Supporting our local food banks is one way that we can help mid-Maine families struggle a little less.”

The United We CAN sculpture contest and food drive will be held virtually this year, April 26 – 30. Participants will build their sculptures within their own spaces. UWMM will upload videos and photos of the sculptures to their website where the community can view and vote on their favorites!

Businesses, organizations, and groups who are interested in participating can visit www.uwmm.org/united-we-can to register. To keep up to date on events and initiatives, follow United Way of Mid-Maine on social media @UnitedWayMidMe.

Some examples from 2019


KV Federal Credit Union

Children's Center

Waterville Creates

Community Dental Center


Kennebec Federal Savings

GHM Insurance Agency



Fairfield United Methodist

Penobscot Financial Advisors

Redington Fairview General Hospital

Waterville Sunrise Rotary

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