Manchester, NH – The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, announced today it has been awarded a $7,500 grant from Wells Fargo. This critical funding will support the Colebrook Got Lunch Program, which helps replace free and reduced school meals for more than 150 children each week during summer vacation.

“This generous donation from Wells Fargo will make a significant impact on the health and well-being of more than 150 children and their families this summer. Many children in need rely on free and reduced school meals, making the summer a particularly challenging time for many families,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director, New Hampshire Food Bank.  “Thanks to this support, the New Hampshire Food Bank and Colebrook Got Lunch will be able to ensure children most in need in the North Country receive healthy, nutritious food this summer.”

Now in its seventh year, the Colebrook Got Lunch Program, which is run by the Monadnock Congregational Church of Colebrook, provides a bag of healthy, kid-friendly lunch foods each week to children in need in the rural northern New Hampshire towns of Colebrook, Stewartstown and Pittsburg. The funding from Wells Fargo will cover a significant amount of the non-perishable food provided to these children this summer. Local donations for perishable items, such as milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, will be purchased through additional funding and donations raised locally.

“Through its charitable giving programs, Wells Fargo embraces its responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through its operations and actions,” said Dan O’Connor, senior vice president for Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking in New Hampshire. “Wells Fargo focuses its giving on community development, health and human services and educational programs that create lasting change. Supporting the New Hampshire Food Bank and the Colebrook Got Lunch Program is a perfect opportunity for Wells Fargo to make a positive impact in rural New Hampshire.”