ROCKLAND — On Friday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., the second annual family-friendly, tented, Block – make that Flock – Party, returns to the City parking lot between Oak and Orient streets. The party helps raise awareness around – and critical funding for – the work Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) does to end cycles of poverty and homelessness in Midcoast Maine.
Admission is free, as are most activities.
The Nikki Hunt Band will again be performing popular songs along with her signature Hooping. Feel free to bring your own hula hoop and join in.
There will be face painting and other kid’s activities along with free water and fruit provided by Hannaford. Beer and wine, and pizza from Café Miranda’s mobile wood-fired ovens will be for sale all evening with proceeds and donations going to support KCHC.
The first Flock Party originated as a way to celebrate Café Miranda’s 25th anniversary and Altiero’s partnership with Hannaford Chef’s Table — a partnership that shares the passion for food with strong local communities by focusing attention on serious community needs.
Over the years Café Miranda has had a commitment to partnering with community organizations, mentoring young people, and supporting child nutrition and addiction recovery.
“Owner Kerry Altiero’s dream of a restaurant in Rockland came true in 1993 and he hopes through support of KCHC and their unique holistic approach, together we all can all play a role in supporting people who were once homeless in our community reach their dreams,” said KCHC, in a news release.
“We are so grateful to Café Miranda for supporting our mission, to Down East magazine for helping get the word out nationally about this event, and to the local business community that has stepped up to match the Hannaford donation through event sponsorships,” said Becca Gildred, development director at KCH. “We are 65% toward that goal but there are a number of sponsorship opportunities still available.”
To become an event sponsor and support the work KCHC is doing to end homeless here in this area please contact Kim Rand, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-593-8151 by May 15.
About Café Miranda
In 1993, Chef/Owner Kerry Altiero decided to open up a restaurant that is fueled by his passion for food, multi-culture cuisines, his Italian heritage and Rockland, Maine. He and his family renovated the historic Owl Benevolent and Fraternal Club located at 15 Oak Street in downtown Rockland.
Chef Altiero was named the 2015 Down East Magazine Maine Chef of the Year, is a recent winner of the Maine Lobster Council Lobster Chef of the Year and Harvest on the Harbor Top of the Crop – Best Farm to Table Restaurant. Altiero is the author of the cookbook Adventures in Comfort Food, owner of Headacre Farm in Owls Head and was the co-host of NOSH a VSTV food and cooking show.
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.
Hannaford Chef’s Table is a partnership between six prominent chefs who share Hannaford’s passion for great fresh food and for strong local communities. The Chef’s Table partnership focuses attention on serious community problems such as child hunger and works to address those needs. Together, the chefs and Hannaford come together through Chef’s Table to spread the message that all children should have access to the nutritious food they need.
About Knox County Homeless Coalition
Knox County Homeless Coalition is the only dedicated homeless services organization with outreach throughout Knox, Waldo and parts of northern Lincoln County – helping families achieve sustainable independence and a hopeful future. Their client-focused approach begins with building trusting relationships, identifies and builds on an individual’s strengths and simultaneously works to break down barriers to independence.
KCHC is committed to delivering all services with respect, dignity and genuine caring. They also innovate around systemic change to solve root causes of homelessness in the Midcoast through collaboration.
KCHC’s success rate of sustainability, for clients who remain engaged in the full program is 92%. Programs include: Hospitality House Family Shelter; comprehensive case management; The Landing Place – a comprehensive youth program for high-risk youth; transportation; emergency services and supply store; and outbound food distribution and pantry.