All welcome to help food pantry in walkathonAIO serves more than 300 families each month
Rockland — Volunteers with the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry in Rockland are urging members of the community to participate in the pantry's first Walkathon to Fight Hunger Sept. 7.
"We're trying to raise money before the holidays," said Walkathon Chairperson Sue Thurston, a longtime AIO volunteer. "Donations are really low this time of year before we get into the holiday or giving season."
The food pantry serves those in need throughout Knox County. Kathy Beck of AIO estimates that more than 300 families in the area receive food and other services through the pantry each month.
Anyone is welcome to come and participate in the event, which starts with signup at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The walkathon itself will go from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Those interested can show up the day of the event with a money donation, or they can sign up in advance by picking up a form at the food pantry during its morning hours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The walkathon will have a three-mile route starting at the Area Interfaith Outreach office at 70 Thomaston St. Participants will walk one mile in the Industrial Park and two miles along South Main Street, the waterfront (including the boardwalk) and back to the food pantry.
Walkers, especially those coming from an area business or organization, can wear matching T-shirts or display posters or banners during the walk if they like. Others can come just by themselves. Walkers may also want to bring umbrellas because the event is rain or shine.
Beck said this may become an annual event in the community.
For more information, call Thurston at 596-6861 or Beck at 593-6206. The food pantry number is 596-1043. Donation checks should be made payable to "AIO Food Pantry." All donations and money collected for sponsorship in the event should be turned in the day of the walkathon if possible or no later than Sept. 20.