HIP responds to island needs during

COVID-19 pandemic

All HIP public events are suspended until further notice due to COVID-19,

but HIP is still hard at work for the good of our island community…





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Healthy Island Project Launches


We at Healthy Island Project care about the health of our island.  When it quickly became apparent that the best way to respond to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 was through social/physical distancing, we responded.  We canceled our Edible Island Men Who Cook event on March 14th and suspended all Salt Air Seniors gatherings and the Monday Friends in Action Visit-with-Friends Coffeehouse until the Governor of Maine and the Maine CDC deem it safe to resume.

We are very aware of the health risks of this virus and are equally mindful of the health risks of fear and social isolation, especially for our older islanders.  We are concerned about how these upcoming weeks of isolation will impact you.  And so, while encouraging physical distancing, we wish to limit the feeling of social isolation as much as possible. Therefore, we have formulated a temporary program — HIP Lunch Box — which will run until we are able to resume our regular gatherings once again

Starting on Thursday, March 19th, HIP began to offer island seniors a delicious lunch delivered twice a week — on Mondays and Thursdays.  Using friendly and eager volunteers, we bring lunch to you at your home. A $5 donation per meal is requested. If this poses a burden for you, we still want you to take part in HIP Lunch Box meals.

Here’s how it will work: 

  1. Call Barrett Gray at 367-2253 and let him know if you would like to have a HIP Lunch Box delivered to you.
  2. Twice a week you will receive a friendly call from a volunteer who will do a quick wellness check and will let you know approximately what time to expect your HIP Lunch Box delivery.
  3. If you are feeling well, feel free to open the door for the volunteer if you wish.  The volunteer will step back 6′ or more and will not enter your home.
  4. If you are feeling unwell, please let us know.  You will still receive meals, but the volunteer will knock and leave your Lunch Box at your door.
  • We also encourage you to limit essential outings and take advantage of Burnt Cove Market Monday delivery service for your essentials. Just call Burnt Cove at 367-2681 with your list.  Burnt Cove also offers curbside pickup on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Call ahead or order online at http://iecoop.org/burnt-cove-market/
  • If you need prescriptions or items delivered from Seaside Pharmacy, we can help.  Just ask.

Please note: signs of the COVID-19 virus are fever, cough, shortness of breath and trouble breathing.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP).

March 12, 2020



For more information on COVID-19

pertaining to Deer Isle-Stonington,

please visit the towns’ websites:




HIP’s Mission:

Healthy Island Project is a community based organization which provides information, makes connections between people and organizations, and coordinates selected projects to promote healthy living. HIP brings together a cross section of Islanders working together to address the broad health of our community.

HIP works through our own programs and collaborations to enhance and strengthen the health and well-being of the Deer Isle-Stonington community.  We understand that a healthy island is an Active Island, a Community-Engaged Island, an Age-Friendly Island, a Mindful Island, and an Edible Island.  To that end, HIP provides programs such as WinterFest, Salt Air Seniors,  Health Bound, Queen’s Closet, Active Island, Edible Island and more.

Our office is located in the Sunset Parish House in the Sunset neighborhood of Deer Isle, Maine.  HIP serves Deer Isle, Stonington, Little Deer Isle and the surrounding communities.