Critical funding supports the 10-percent of people in New Hampshire who are food insecure

Manchester, NH ─ Workplace Benefit Solutions (WBS) of Manchester, a HUB International Company, and the New Hampshire Food Bank recently raised a record $105,500 to support the New Hampshire Food Bank during the Eighth Annual WBS Harvest Golf Classic. As part of Hunger Action Month, the annual golf tournament, which took place at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford on Monday, September 18, raised critical funding to bolster the New Hampshire Food Bank’s efforts to provide nutritious food to those in need through its network of more than 425 statewide partner agencies.

During the past eight years, the golf tournament has raised a total of $455,500 to support the New Hampshire Food Bank. Nearly 130 golfers took part in the WBS Harvest Golf Classic this year.

“With the need in New Hampshire still growing, we are extremely grateful for this support from WBS and from the many participants and sponsors of this year’s WBS Harvest Golf Classic,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. “We will use this generous funding to deliver food and resources to the thousands of people in New Hampshire who are food insecure. It is staggering to think of, but of the 10-percent of people who are food insecure in New Hampshire, 13-percent are children.”

During 2016, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed close to 13 million pounds of food, which equates to 10,767,198 meals. Compared to 2013, that marks a nearly 30-percent increase in food distribution. The New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal aid for food distribution, projects to distribute more than 14 million pounds of food this year.

“WBS is proud to support the New Hampshire Food Bank, which does such incredibly meaningful work to provide food to people throughout New Hampshire who do not know where their next meal is coming from,” said David Larrivee, principal, Workplace Benefit Solutions. “On behalf of our employees, clients and carrier partners, we are thrilled to have raised $455,500 for the New Hampshire Food Bank in the past eight years through the WBS Harvest Golf Classic, and we know this funding has made a major impact on hunger in New Hampshire.”

In addition to food distribution, the New Hampshire Food Bank’s approach to ending hunger includes developing innovative outreach programs, such as Mobile Food Pantries, Cooking Matters, Granite State Market Match, USDA Summer Food Service Program, Food Stamp (SNAP) Outreach, a one-acre Production Garden, and a Culinary Job Training Program.

In partnership with Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, the New Hampshire Food Bank hosted Hunger Action Month in September. Hunger Action Month features a series of events, initiatives and competitions, to urge people to take action to do something about hunger in New Hampshire and nationwide.

For more information on the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit: www.nhfoodbank.org.

Workplace Benefit Solutions of Manchester raised $105,500 during the WBS Harvest Golf Classic on Monday, September 18, to support the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. The money will help the New Hampshire Food Bank combat hunger throughout New Hampshire, where 10-percent of residents do not know where their next meal is coming from. Pictured here, from left to right, David Larrivee, principal, Workplace Benefit Solutions, and Eileen Liponis, executive director, New Hampshire Food Bank.

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. The New Hampshire Food Bank receives no federal or state funding for food distribution. In 2016, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food to people in need through more than 425 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 and follow us on Twitter.

About WBS
Workplace Benefit Solutions, a HUB International company, is one of Northern New England’s Leading employee benefit consulting firms. WBS has a proven record of success helping larger companies deal with the ever-rising cost of employee benefits. The WBS core team of experienced executives delivers innovative strategies to help companies control benefit costs.  WBS is staffed with prior healthcare and insurance executives who help employers position their benefits for the continuing changes in the healthcare markets.

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

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