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4/2/2013 - Nothing Campaign Continues Raising Funds for NH Hungry

Manchester, NH (April 2, 2013) – The New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens Bank Foundation continue to cause much ado about ‘Nothing’ throughout New Hampshire with the Nothing Campaign, which launched in March. Now through April 12th, cans of Nothing are available for purchase at grocery stores statewide to help support the Food Bank. Cans of Nothing are empty and represent the reality that so many people in New Hampshire face every day: hunger.

This year, the Food Bank will work with over 400 partner agencies, including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s programs, and senior centers, to distribute approximately 8.5 million pounds of food to more than 143,000 food insecure residents in New Hampshire.

“The need is growing every day and we struggle to keep up,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “After the holidays proves to be a particularly challenging time for food distribution - our supplies are low and the shelves are empty. Incoming donations are immediately sorted and distributed.”

The Nothing Campaign will provide the extra push necessary to supplement incoming donations. Thus far, almost half the cans created for the campaign have been sold, equating to over 88,000 meals.

“The Nothing Campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and engage Granite Staters in a solution,” said Joe Carelli, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire. “We thank everyone who has already purchased a can of Nothing and remind those who would like to do something about nothing, there is still time to go to your local grocery store or donate online. By taking this step, you truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of our neighbors who are struggling with hunger.”

For more details about where to purchase cans, please visit www.nothing.org/nh.

About the New Hampshire Food Bank The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984. As the state’s only food bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procures and distributes nearly 8.5 million pounds of food to needy people through more than 400 non-profit partner agencies. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs, and day care centers. For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit www.nhfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nhfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nhfb.

About the Citizens Bank Foundation Citizens Bank Foundation is a subsidiary of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, which is a charitable contributions vehicle of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The foundation’s support is focused on human services, affordable housing and economic development. RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.

Contact Information:

Nancy Mellitt, New Hampshire Food Bank, nmellitt@nhfoodbank.org

Kathleen Reardon, Citizens Bank, kathleen.reardon@rbscitizens.com



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