The Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry Food Drive will begin this week and continue through Nov. 14. Decorated containers will be placed in various areas around town for donations of non-perishable food.

In this time 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 285 families are served each month, which is about 600 to 650 people. It keeps getting harder and harder to keep the shelves stocked so the pantry can help everyone.

With the holidays approaching let’s help neighbors provide nutritious and hearty meals for their families.

Large companies in Rockland conduct internal Holiday Food Drives for AIO among their employees. To participate in this way, call 593-6206 for more information.

AIO would like thank members of the Coast Guard stationed in Rockland for being a partner in this program for many years. They deliver the containers and pick up the donated food for delivery to the pantry. It couldn’t be done without them.

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