Pack the Paramount Food Drive targets hunger

12 June 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. – With local food shelves continuing to see high demand for their services, organizers from WJJR and Green Mountain Power have announced plans for the 2014 Pack the Paramount Food Drive.
“While Rutland’s rebirth is moving steadily forward, demand on local food shelves remains high,” said GMP vice president Steve Costello.  “Our hope is to collect enough food to give local food shelves a boost as we enter the often-difficult summertime period.”
This year’s food drive will run from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27, and 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.  Donors can bring non-perishable food items to the Paramount Theatre on Center Street in Rutland.
The objective is to fill every seat with a box or bag of food, symbolizing the hundreds of families who need assistance in the Rutland area.  The food will go to BROC, the Rutland Community Cupboard and the Salvation Army.  Because hundreds of children eat lunch and breakfast at school, the food shelves often see demand increase after schools close for the summer.
WJJR will broadcast live from the theater throughout the event.
“Ensuring our friends and neighbors don’t go to bed hungry is a basic part of being a caring community,” said Terry Jaye, program manager at Catamount Radio, which sponsors the drive each year with GMP and the Paramount Theatre.  “This event is critical to hundreds of people who face difficult times as they try to make ends meet.”
Organizers are encouraging student groups, clubs, businesses, co-workers and teams from the Rutland area to gather up food items for donation and deliver them to the Paramount.
All types of non-perishable food are appreciated, but certain items are in particular demand. Peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, hearty soups, macaroni and cheese, cereal, coffee and tea, instant potatoes, rice and bottled juice are most popular. Other items, including baby food, toilet tissue, paper towels, hygiene products and large-size items for families, are not as frequently donated, but greatly needed. Cash donations, which will be used to purchase food for the participating food shelves, will also be accepted.
Paramount Executive Director Bruce Bouchard said Pack the Paramount is a reminder that the theater belongs to the entire community, and must serve a wide variety of needs. 
“This is a living, breathing building, and it should always nurture the community, whether by expanding our cultural opportunities or serving as a gathering point for events like this and the Gift-of-Life Marathon,” Bouchard said.  “These events are every bit as important to the theater’s relationship with the greater Rutland community as any concert or performance we could stage.” 


Steve Costello: 802- 793-4031