NH Food Bank and Citizens Bank Racing to One Million Meals in 2017 Nothing Campaign

In the fifth year of Nothing Campaign, NH Food Bank and Citizens Bank aiming to exceed $500,000 raised and one million meals generated

Bedford, NH – With $500,000 and one million meals in sight, the New Hampshire Food Bank, Citizens Bank and Governor Chris Sununu, launched the 2017 Nothing Campaign today at the Hannaford Supermarket in Bedford. The statewide campaign features cans of “nothing” representing the reality that thousands of New Hampshire residents have nothing to eat. Over the past four years, the Nothing Campaign has generated $428,450 and 856,910 meals. In this year’s Nothing Campaign, the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, and Citizens Bank are racing to provide more than one million meals for those in need. To learn more, visit nhfoodbank.org/nothing.

“Generating more than $100,000 in support each year, the Nothing Campaign has had a profound impact across New Hampshire. We are incredibly grateful for the generous support from Citizens Bank,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Together with key partners like Citizens Bank, Governor Sununu, and the people of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Food Bank continues to make substantial strides in the fight to end hunger here in the Granite State. But with thousands of residents still going hungry, we have much more work to do, making the Nothing Campaign all the more critical.”

Citizens Bank and the New Hampshire Food Bank launched the Nothing Campaign in New Hampshire in 2013 to spread awareness and raise funds for those in need—and the need is growing. In New Hampshire, 139,730 residents, including 41,350 children, are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from. Throughout April and May, participating grocery stores are selling cans of nothing for $5 each.

“Food insecurity remains a pressing issue for far too many New Hampshire families, and the Nothing Campaign is working overtime to provide a safety net for families in need,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “The New Hampshire Food Bank lends a helping hand to Granite Stater’s at a critical time of need, and I am proud to stand here today with so many great partners as we work toward generating over one million meals for vulnerable New Hampshire residents. Everything helps, and any small contribution or hour of volunteering can go a long way to helping a neighbor in need.”

Cans are on sale now for $5 at 98 stores across the state, including all New Hampshire Hannaford, Harvest Market, Shaw’s, and Market Basket locations, as well as Sully’s Superette in Goffstown and Allenstown and Vista Foods in Laconia. Those who purchase cans are encouraged to fill them with donations and bring cans to the New Hampshire Food Bank. All proceeds go to the New Hampshire Food Bank to buy meals for the hungry.  Last year, the Nothing Campaign raised more than $100,739 and provided more than 201,478 meals for those in need.

“With my income, it’s hard because half of it goes to the rent, and then you’ve got medical costs and utilities, and once that’s gone, you’re lucky if you’ve got $150 left over,” said Patricia Hicks, a New Hampshire Food Bank client from Manchester, NH. “If you can donate either money or canned goods, do it because you don’t know how many people out there are really struggling.”

Citizens Bank, the sole underwriter for the Nothing Campaign, has been an instrumental partner in making this monumental campaign a reality.

“It has been inspiring to watch the Nothing Campaign grow over the past four years and provide meals to thousands of New Hampshire residents in need,” said Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire and Vermont. “No one person or organization can solve a problem like hunger.  It takes a team effort and I look forward to working with this team to achieve the one million meals milestone.”

The New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal funding for food distribution, continues to address the growing need in New Hampshire. In 2016, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food to its more than 400 partners statewide, an increase of 55 percent over the past four years.

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Caption: The New Hampshire Food Bank, Governor Chris Sununu, and Citizens Bank launched the 2017 Nothing Campaign today at the Hannaford Supermarket in Bedford. The statewide campaign features cans of “nothing” representing the reality that thousands of New Hampshire residents have nothing to eat. Pictured here, New Hampshire Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Liponis addresses the crowd with Governor Sununu looking on.

Caption: The New Hampshire Food Bank kicked off the Nothing Campaign today in Bedford, aiming to raise awareness and funds for the thousands of New Hampshire residents who have nothing to eat. Representing the reality that one in nine New Hampshire residents do not know where their next meal is coming from, cans of “nothing” are on sale now at 98 grocery stores across the state. Pictured here, from left to right, Joe Carelli, president and CEO of Citizens Bank New Hampshire and Vermont, Governor Chris Sununu, Thomas Blonski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, and Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Caption: In the fifth year of the Nothing Campaign in New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens Bank are racing to provide more than one million meals for those in need. Over the past four years, the Nothing Campaign has generated $428,450 and 856,910 meals. This year, the New Hampshire Food Bank hopes to exceed five-year totals of $500,000 raised and one million meals generated. Pictured here, New Hampshire Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Liponis formally launches the 2017 Nothing Campaign with Joe Carelli, president and CEO of Citizens Bank New Hampshire and Vermont, and Governor Chris Sununu.

Caption: Together with the New Hampshire Food Bank, Governor Chris Sununu and Joe Carelli, president and CEO of Citizens Bank New Hampshire and Vermont, formally launched the 2017 Nothing Campaign today. During the campaign, which runs through May, Food Bank supporters can purchase cans of “nothing” that represent the reality that thousands of New Hampshire residents have nothing to eat. Pictured here, Governor Sununu and Joe Carelli purchase the first cans of nothing.

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 nhfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $149.5 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides wealth management, mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.

Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Citizens Bank, Citizens Commercial Banking and Citizens One. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.

Contact Information:

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

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