Contact Information:
Nancy Mellitt
New Hampshire Food Bank
603.669.9725 x129
nmellitt@nhfoodbank.org

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NH Food Bank Raises $235,000 in One Week Thanks to Anonymous $100,000 Matching Grant—Inspired by the WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive, an anonymous donor offered $100,000 matching grant; NH Food Bank raised $135,000 in one week for a total of $235,000.

MANCHESTER, NH 12/22/2015— Thanks to an anonymous $100,000 matching grant, the New Hampshire Food Bank raised $235,000 in just over one week as part of the 2015 WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive. On Friday, December 11, the NH Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH, received a $100,000 matching grant opportunity from an anonymous donor. By Thursday, December 17, the NH Food Bank and its supporters had raised more than $135,000 to match the grant, with all funds supporting those in need this holiday season.

The anonymous donor matched every $1 donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank up to $100,000. NH Food Bank supporters exceeded the match by $35,000. Together, the $235,000 will allow the NH Food Bank to generate 470,000 meals for the more than 143,200 people who are food insecure, which means they do not know where their next meal is coming from. The same anonymous donor offered a $75,000 matching grant during last year’s WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive.

 “The New Hampshire Food Bank greatly appreciates the generous support it has received through WMUR’s Spirit of Giving Food Drive, which has made an incredible impact on the NH Food Bank and the people we serve. We are truly grateful to this anonymous donor, along with our network of supporters, for their commitment to helping those in need,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “While this support will have a profound impact at a difficult time of year for many people, the need is still growing. One in nine people in New Hampshire, which includes 42,170 children, are food insecure. The NH Food Bank can turn every $1 donated into two nutritious meals. We encourage people to consider giving to the NH Food Bank this holiday season.”

Between food donations and financial contributions, last year’s WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive generated 541,778 meals for people in need across New Hampshire. During the last two years, the WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive has generated more than 1.1 million meals for the NH Food Bank. All food donated during the WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive is distributed in local communities.

“WMUR provides the foundation that makes this food drive possible, and connects our retail partners and their customers with meaningful ways to give back to their community,” Gosselin added. “We are extremely grateful for the support from WMUR, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Hannaford’s Supermarkets and Walmart. Their contributions are having a major impact in local communities throughout New Hampshire for those in need.”

This year’s Spirit of Giving Food Drive is ongoing this holiday season. To take part, please visit:http://www.nhfoodbank.org/spirit.

During 2014, the NH Food Bank, which receives no state or federal aid for food distribution, distributed more than 11 million pounds of food to its 400 statewide partners, which marked a 30% increase from 2013. With the need growing this year, the NH Food Bank’s food distribution is expected to exceed 13 million pounds this year. The New Hampshire Food Bank supplies about half of the food that agencies distribute throughout the state.

For more information and to donate, visit NHFoodBank.org.

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About the New Hampshire Food Bank
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984. In 2014, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed over 11 million pounds of food to people in need through more than 400 non-profit registered 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 http://www.nhfoodbank.org/. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.