HAPPENING NOW til 2pm! Fill The Strand for AIO

By The Strand Theatre | Jan 18, 2021

Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) challenges the community to fill every seat in the Strand Theatre with bags of food and funds on January 18!

In partnership with the Strand Theatre and Allen Insurance and Financial, AIO’s first FILL THE STRAND food and funds drive will benefit their Food Assistance, Energy Assistance and Weekend Meal Programs that support Knox County families.

On January 18, volunteers will be at the Strand Theatre between 9am-2pm to receive food and funds donations—curbside—to limit the number of people inside the Strand Theatre itself.

Monetary donations are welcome – and in fact your dollar goes further since AIO can purchase food through partners at a competitive price. Individuals can sponsor a bag at $25, which will fill one seat in the theater. Donate at the theater on Jan. 18 until 2pm, or online at https://tinyurl.com/fillthestrand.

Non-perishable food with a current expiration date is appreciated (no glass please). AIO would be grateful for donations of the most needed items including: ready rice pouches, macaroni and cheese and pasta; cereal & oatmeal; pop-top canned foods and Chef Boyardee meals; single serving lunch items; kid-friendly snacks; 100% juice boxes; shelf stable milk, powdered milk; snacks (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, 6-pack raisins).

Event information can be found at www.aiofoodpantry.org. For questions, or more information for individuals or groups interested in holding a food drive within their group, please contact event coordinators Molly O’Rourke, weekendmeal@aiofoodpantry.org or Leila Murphy, leilamurph@yahoo.com.

Whether a monetary gift or food donation, your support will help the people in our community who need it the most!

AIO was inspired by GatherNH, who has held a successful Fill the Hall event in Portsmouth, NH at the Music Hall and who provided guidance to AIO.

About AIO Food and Energy Assistance:

For over 30 years AIO has provided nutritious food and heating assistance to Knox County families. Funding and access to AIO’s programs are more critical than ever as food insecurity in Knox County is projected to increase 46% overall. Knox County currently has the 4th highest food insecurity rate in the state. Child food insecurity is projected to reach 28% (a 52% increase). Since January 1, AIO has supported 1547 individual households and has distributed 290 meal kits each week during the school year. AIO’s Energy Assistance Program helps households with heating assistance or electrical disconnection prevention – which is critical as winter begins. Last winter AIO distributed 450 energy assistance vouchers, totaling $108,000 in support. The need for assistance is real and is not going away anytime soon given the ongoing pandemic.


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