Flatbread Pizza benefits Weekend Backpack Program

Aug 07, 2017
Eat at Flatbread Pizza Tuesday, Aug. 15 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach Weekend Backpack Program.

Rockport — The Flatbread Pizza restaurant on Route 1 in Rockport has made Tuesday evenings festive by donating a part of the price of everyone’s dinner to a local good cause.

August 15 will celebrate AIO’s Weekend Backpack Program. Volunteers and friends of AIO will gather to enjoy each other’s company while further supporting this important effort.

The Backpack Program will begin its third year this fall, having grown from two schools and 62 children to 17 schools all over Knox County, sending weekend food home with 310 kids. Every Thursday morning through the school year, volunteers on the assembly line fill all the bags, the bags are loaded into crates, and the crates are hauled to all those schools in every direction for delivering into the children’s book bags on Fridays. It’s food for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for the child, and ingredients for a meal for the whole family.

The number of children experiencing food insecurity right here in Knox County is shocking, just under 50 percent. That’s 61 percent qualifying for free school lunches in Rockland area schools (at South Elementary it’s 89 percent). It’s 49 percent in Medomak district. In Camden-Rockport Elementary School, it’s 26 percent . AIO has sent food home every weekend for up to 25 children in Camden.

The food is purchased through Good Shepherd Food Bank and costs AIO $225 per child per school year. This year, starting at 310 children, that’s about $70,000. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated.

More information can be found at knoxadoptabackpack.org. Located at Broadway and Thomaston Street in Rockland, Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) food pantry and emergency assistance is open from 9:30 to noon, MWF, and serves all of Knox County. Donations designated for the Weekend Backpack Program or for general operations to help with food, fuel, and other essentials for Knox County families in need can be mailed to AIO, P.O. Box 113, Rockland, ME 04841.

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