As part of the Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger program, the New Hampshire Food Bank received a donation of more than $80,000 in food from Hannaford today, consisting of shelf stable items, including pasta, sauce and vegetables. The Buy One, Give One promotion that triggered this company donation is a component of Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, a partnership between the supermarket and its customers, aimed at providing food and monetary donations to local pantries and regional food banks. Food and monetary donations collected at Hannaford’s stores throughout the state are distributed to the agencies that feed the 1 in 9 men, women and children in need throughout New Hampshire.

“Hannaford is thankful that so many of our customers participated in the program to help feed those in need,” said Eric Blom, Hannaford company spokesman. “Together, all of us can make a difference in making sure none of our neighbors go hungry.”

This donation comes in addition to that made by an anonymous Raymond, NH donor who issued a challenge to shoppers at the Raymond Hannaford’s in December with a goal of increasing food donations to the New Hampshire Food Bank. As a result of these donations, the Food Bank has received more than $110,000 in donations through the Hannaford program in the past three months.

“We are extremely grateful to Hannaford and their customers for partnering with the New Hampshire Food Bank in our fight against hunger,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “It is truly a team effort to support those in need in our state 365 days a year.”

Following the delivery, Hannaford Store Managers spent time highlighting the importance of volunteerism through participation with the New Hampshire Food Bank’s donation sorting process, in this case with fresh items also contributed by Hannaford. The New Hampshire Food Bank relies heavily on volunteers to assist with sorting product for distribution to the more than 400 partner agencies throughout the state.

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 www.nhfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nhfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nhfb.

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 186 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system, and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

Tony Schinella