Strand Theatre and AIO host 'Fill the Strand' fundraiser – Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald

Strand Theatre and AIO host 'Fill the Strand' fundraiser – Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald

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AIO Food and Energy Assistance aims to raise money and gather food donations on the Jan. 16 event.
ROCKLAND — AIO Food and Energy Assistance is excited to host its third “Fill the Strand” food and funds drive on Monday, Jan. 16 at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, which is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and recognized as a National Day of Service. The goal is to fill every seat in the historic theater with bags of food and funds to support AIO’s programs. The first two years of Fill the Strand events raised almost $50,000 in support. The goal for the third event is to raise $25,000.
All are invited to help AIO reach their goal and fill every seat in the theater. You can help by hosting your own mini food and fund drive within your family, workplace, neighborhood or group. The food and funds collected will go directly to AIO’s Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Weekend Meal, and Diaper Assistance Programs.
Monetary donations are welcome — in fact your dollar goes further since AIO can purchase food through partners at a competitive price. You can donate a bag of food or sponsor a bag at $25, both of which will fill one seat in the theater. You can make a donation online at AIO’s website, mail a check or come visit the Strand on Jan. 16 between 9 a.m.—2 p.m.
Non-perishable food with a current expiration date is also being collected (no glass). The most needed items include ready rice pouches, macaroni and cheese and pasta, cereal and oatmeal, pop-top canned foods and Chef Boyardee meals, single-serving lunch items, kid-friendly snacks, 100% juice boxes, shelf-stable milk, and snacks (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, 6-pack raisins).
Food collection sites have been established at area businesses, including First National Bank (Rockland branches), Allen Insurance & Financial offices (Rockland and Camden), The Strand Theatre, and AIO Food and Energy Assistance (Rockland).
AIO is grateful to the Strand Theatre for hosting the event. AIO is grateful to the generous support of its sponsors. Leadership level sponsors include First National Bank and First National Wealth Management, Fisher Engineering, Rockland Plaza and The Rope Company. Partner level sponsors include Camden Real Estate, Gartley & Dorsky, Knights of Columbus Council 136 and Lyman Morse. Champion level sponsors include The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, 250 Main St., Journey’s End, and Allen Insurance & Financial. A list of all the sponsors can be found at
For more information about the event and how you can participate please visit or contact event coordinator Leila Murphy, [email protected] / 207-701-1666.
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