Q-106.5 will be at Hannaford in Old Town Saturday, collecting pasta for area food pantries.

Our radio stations have been doing this food drive for several years, and we want to make this year bigger and better than ever. But we need your help! Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Q-106.5 announcers will be at Hannaford in Old Town, collecting donations of pasta. We'll take spaghetti (that's the most popular), macaroni, ziti, bowties...whatever! If you want to bring sauce, we'll take that too! Just make sure it's all non-perishable. (no frozen garlic bread)

We're splitting up the duties tomorrow. So I'll be there in the morning, with my morning show co-host Scott Miller, if he's feeling better. Then Amanda McDonald and Erik Owens will take over after noon. We hope you come see us, pasta in hand!

This is such a tough time of year for area food pantries. The demand goes up as people are struggling to heat their homes and often have to make tough choices about how they spend their money. At the same time, donations go down after the holidays, as we all focus on getting ourselves through the winter. So we're trying to stock their shelves with good, affordable food. Pasta is inexpensive, and a box of spaghetti can feed a family of four.

If you can't make it to Old Town Saturday, no problem! Our sister stations will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hannaford stores in Brewer, Ellsworth, and at the Airport Mall in Bangor. Just drop your donations off with them! Thanks!