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Area Interfaith Outreach hires new warehouse manager

May 14, 2020
Joe Ryan is the new warehouse manager at Area Interfaith Outreach.

Area Interfaith Outreach Food and Energy Assistance has announced that Joe Ryan has been hired as AIO’s new warehouse manager, a role essential in the acquisition and distribution of food for AIO’s Food Assistance programs, which include the Food Pantry and Backpack programs. In addition, Ryan will manage food inventory, storage, and preparations for distribution. Food safety and warehouse sanitation will be central to the Food Pantry’s operations. Ryan plans to utilize the USDA “MyPlate” nutritional standards to guide acquisition and warehouse storage systems.

Ryan founded Adventure Advertising in 1985, a mid-size advertising agency and graphic design studio in Rockport. He has served on the boards of directors, as well as on committees, for many nonprofit organizations during transitional periods, including the Penobscot Bay YMCA, the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center.

Ryan, and his wife and business partner, Ginny Ryan, have supported AIO over the years, assisting with communications and advertising materials and most recently as volunteers at AIO’s Food Pantry. The Ryans sold Adventure Advertising in 2019 to embark on a new chapter in their professional careers, one focused on community service.

Since then they have volunteered at AIO Food Pantry and have helped with both the intake of food from sources including the Good Shepherd Food Bank and commercial vendors, as well as the food distribution to families throughout the community. Ryan has also been involved with the Knox County Food Council, helping to develop communication tools for food assistance organizations in Knox County.

Ryan can be contacted at foodpantry@aiofoodpantry.org. The AIO Food Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesday evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and is adhering to social distancing protocols as mandated by the state. For more information, visit www.aiofoodpantry.org.

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