The Area Interfaith Outreach food pantry food drive begins this week and continues through Nov. 15. There will be barrels around Rockland at many locations.

In the past two years of economic stress the needs that the AIO food pantry fills for the Knox County community has grown. More and more families are coming to the pantry for their most basic needs. An average of 250 families are served each month, which is about 575 to 650 people. It keeps getting harder and harder to keep the shelves stocked to help everyone.

With the holidays approaching lets help neighbors be able to provide a nutritious and hearty meal for their family.

Contributions of food and money from both individuals and corporations are always welcome. The mailing address is PO Box 113 Rockland, ME 04841. We are located at 70 Thomaston St. and are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For further information please call 596-1043