Morgan Stanley Provides $25,000 Grant to the New Hampshire Food Bank to Expand Fresh Produce Program

Award will increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for families in need in Manchester

Manchester, NH –The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, today announced a $25,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to support the Food Bank’s fresh produce program. The funds will be used to increase the New Hampshire Food Bank’s ability to access, transport, and store fresh produce and to provide fruits and vegetables to local residents.

“We are proud to continue our commitment of providing fresh produce to children and their families. This grant will make healthy foods available to those who might otherwise not have access to them,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy at Morgan Stanley and President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

“By providing those we serve with increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, we give them the building blocks for a healthy life,” said Eileen Liponis, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “We are excited to work with Morgan Stanley to help improve the health of the people in New Hampshire.”

Food insecurity continues to be an issue facing millions of Americans. According to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released in September 2016, 42 million people in the United States are living in food-insecure households, including 13 million children. According to Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study, 89-percent of Feeding America’s client households with at least one child lack reliable access to sufficient affordable and nutritious food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caption: The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, today announced a $25,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to support the Food Bank’s fresh produce program. The funds will be used to increase the New Hampshire Food Bank’s ability to access, transport, and store fresh produce and to provide fruits and vegetables to local residents. Pictured here, from left to right, Thomas Blonski, President and CEO, Catholic Charities New Hampshire; Mystyna Yackel Shappy of the New Hampshire Food Bank; Marguerite Malloy of the New Hampshire Food Bank; Eileen Groll Liponis, Executive Director, New Hampshire Food Bank; Rick Carter of the New Hampshire Food Bank; Advisory Committee Member, New Hampshire Food Bank, Joanne Ward; and Wendy Lavallee of Morgan Stanley.

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 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 and follow us on Twitter.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States.  Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.  Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger.  Donate.   Volunteer. Advocate.  Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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