ROCKLAND — In a visit on Dec. 1, UScellular donated personal care and food items to the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry to aid them in their mission to support respectfully and compassionately those in need in the Knox County with food and energy assistance. This donation will help AIO fill bags of food for school-aged children to eat over the weekend and provide needed personal care items.

“AIO Food Pantry does so much for our community, so we wanted to fulfill their wish list and help them deliver the much-needed support they provide throughout Knox County,” said Tabatha McKay, area vice president/general manager at UScellular in New England. “Food has the power to connect people, and we believe every family deserves to come together, strengthen ties, and make memories this time of year.”

AIO is working to address food and energy insecurity in Knox County. Working hand in hand with partner organizations, the organization strives to provide the services that are vital to a family’s health and well-being. AIO’s two core programs—Food Assistance and Energy Assistance—ensure that Knox County residents who are food or energy insecure receive the support they need. AIO’s Food Assistance programs include the Food Pantry and the Weekend Meal Program (formerly known as Backpack), which ensure access to food for children and families when they need it. The Energy Assistance program provides heating assistance during the winter months, in partnership with local fuel providers. In addition, AIO helps prevent electricity disconnections in partnership with Central Maine Power. AIO also partners with other community service organizations to help its clients connect with additional resources they need.

For more information about the company’s community involvement, go to newsroom.uscellular.com/community.