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Bristol Area Lions learn about Healthy Lincoln County 06/05/2019

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Bristol Area Lion John Janell thanks Healthy Lincoln County Project Manager Jess Breithaupt for her presentation on preventing drug abuse.

Jess Breithaupt, the project coordinator for Healthy Lincoln County, spoke to the Bristol Area Lions on Monday, June 3. She spoke on preventing drug abuse, addressing alcohol, marijuana, vaping, smoking, and prescription drug misuse.

In Lincoln County two out of five students feel they don’t matter in the community. Two big focuses are food insecurity and feeling despair. Healthy Lincoln County Gleaners made up of ten volunteers go to local farms and harvest unpicked or imperfect produce as well as home gardens. Last year they collected 5,895 pounds of produce and redistributed it back into the community at various convenient locations for anyone to take and use at no charge.

Maine is the most food insecure state in New England and the 9th in the nation. 1 in 5 children in Maine are hungry. There is a connection between food insecurity and drug abuse. At Lincoln Academy one in four students felt depressed. Families have lost togetherness by not sharing a meal. Two out of five don’t eat meals with their families and share their day.

The agency strives to prevent and reduce substance abuse in our youth by promoting health and resilience. They focus on root causes of this issue as they discovered that scare tactics are not effective. Healthy Lincoln County works with our towns to make policies that protect our kids from underage drinking, or collaborating with the schools, farms, and libraries to bring fresh produce to the people that need it. They bring members of our community together to share ideas and resources to have the greatest collective impact. They promote leaving technological devices and taking a walk on many of our community and conservation trust trails and breathe in clean air.

They are funded by a combination of state, federal, local grants, and donations. The Bristol Area Lions encourages others to donate to this 501 (c) (3) nonprofit by sending a check to Healthy Lincoln County, P.O. Box 1287, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. This will be the club’s annual meeting and the five scholarship winners and a parent will be guests, along with spouses and friends.

Dinner will be roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, and salad, followed by strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream and coffee. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 53-7402. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584, or like the club on Facebook.

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