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5/7/2013 - “Nothing Campaign” provides over 150,000 meals to individuals and families in New Hampshire

Manchester, NH (May 8, 2013) – The New Hampshire Food Bank and the Citizens Bank Foundation brought the Nothing Campaign to a close on May 7, 2013. “Nothing” cans were on sale throughout New Hampshire from March 1 to April 12. Through the generosity of Granite Staters, sales of the cans helped provide more than 150,000 meals to hungry families and individuals.

To date, a total of 13,168 cans of nothing were purchased and numerous additional donations were collected. 

“As we watched the campaign grow, we heard stories and saw photos of communities banding together to raise hunger awareness and donations,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Businesses and residents turned the Nothing can into a way to help fill our empty shelves.”

The Nothing can represented the reality that 143,000 New Hampshire residents face everyday – hunger. It was a simple way to engage the community on a statewide level by taking a small action.

“New Hampshire citizens rose to the challenge to do something about Nothing,” said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire. “They bought cans at their local grocery stores, filled them to the brim with donations and went online to pledge their support. Because of their generosity, many people will be given a hearty, nutritious meal and won’t go to bed feeling the pangs of hunger. We cannot thank the residents of New Hampshire enough for supporting the Nothing Campaign.”

As a final piece of the Nothing Campaign, the Food Bank is asking supporters to follow the directions for use on the side of the Nothing cans – pass the can around, collect donations, and return the contents or write a check to the Food Bank. It takes a lot to fill the empty shelves of the Food Bank, and these donations will help.

Cans with donations may be returned at the New Hampshire Food Bank’s Nothing can collection day and open house on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cans may also be dropped off at the Food Bank on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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
The 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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