ROCKLAND — AIO Food and Energy Assistance announced Sept. 27 a partnership with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and The National Diaper Bank Network to support the AIO Diaper Project and provide free diapers to families in Knox County.

In April, AIO Food and Energy Assistance added the Mid-Coast Diaper Project into AIO’s collection of core services. Free diapers are distributed in the former food pantry building next door to the new AIO facility.

Families are invited to pick up diapers Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and from 4 until 6 p.m. AIO enrollment is required and easy to complete. Members who visit the food pantry are already enrolled.

New members can enroll at aiofoodpantry.org/aioprograms.

“For this new program to be a success,” AIO Executive Director Joe Ryan says, “we will need deep community support. With our partnership with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and The National Diaper Bank Network, we are positioned to make a substantial impact by improving the health of babies and reducing the high cost of diapers many young families face.”

To support the AIO Diaper project, Ryan asks for diaper donations and financial gifts. Diaper donation drop boxes are available in Rockland at Shaw’s, Hannaford, Good Tern Co-op, YMCA and more locations are added regularly. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputies make weekly pickups from all locations and deliver the diaper donations to AIO. Diaper donations can also be dropped off at the Sheriff’s office and AIO weekdays.

“We are excited to partner with AIO to provide awareness and support for such an important program,” said Sheriff Tim Carroll. “We are committed to serving Knox County with leadership, integrity and respect. AIO demonstrates these attributes through all the programs they provide. It is a natural fit for us to come together to serve our community better.”

The National Diaper Bank Network is a national nonprofit that provides diapers by meeting basic needs of all babies and their families, including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. The network raises national awareness of diaper needs and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its membership includes more than 200 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about the AIO Diaper Project and its programs, visit AIO4me.org. Executive Director Joe Ryan can be reached at 596-1043 or at joe@aiofoodpanty.org.