On a brisk winter morning, we headed northeast from the Auburn Distribution Center to the coast of Maine to visit AIO Food and Energy Assistance in Rockland. As one of our nearly 600 hunger-relief partners, AIO, was established in 1990 as a convenient place where people could go for nourishing food or energy assistance in Knox County.
Today, AIO is still addressing food and energy insecurity, however, in a new building with a fresh look that allows them to serve the community in a dignified way. As Executive Director Joe Ryan says, “More dignity, more space, more passion.” AIO’s goal with their new space was to create a better overall experience for neighbors experiencing hunger. “When you first walk in now, the space is bright and cheery. It’s a comfortable space filled with friends and, most importantly, a safe space for everyone.”