Financial donations needed during this time

Rockland food pantry prepares for increased need

By Stephen Betts | Mar 21, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The AIO food pantry volunteers package boxes of food for drive-by pick ups.

Rockland — The Area Interfaith Outreach food pantry continues to serve the community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The pantry also expects that demand may increase as businesses close and employees are temporarily out of work.

"AIO is very grateful for the community's support as we prepare to provide more food to more people.  Financial contributions have an immediate impact and are helping us purchase large amounts of food from the Good Shepherd Food Bank. We are raising funds to support what we anticipate to be weekly orders over the next four to six weeks," Board President Liz Jenkins said Saturday.

The pantry is not accepting food donations at this time for health reasons and to allow grocery stores to keep their supplies on hand.  The pantry also cannot accept previously used shopping bags or boxes at this time but it is is in great need of new reusable grocery bags or plastic shopping bags.

The pantry received a significant donation of food this past week from the Samoset Resort which is closing until May 7.

Financial donations can be made on our website: or sent to PO Box 113, Rockland, ME  04841. For any questions, please email us:

The pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Twenty-two families were served on Friday, March 20. Typically, 25 to 30 are served per day.

One change being made because of COVID-19 is volunteers are creating boxed packages of food which people can pick up at the drive-through side of the pantry. Produce is out in the front of the pantry.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 22, 2020 13:11

Kudos to the Food Pantry in such times of need! The drive through is a wonderful idea! Safe passage folks!

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