Manchester, NH – A $1 million anonymous donation continues to pay dividends for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Utilizing $30,000 from a $1 million anonymous donation received in December 2016, the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, is launching a series of Mobile Food Pantries this summer in Concord, Franklin, Plymouth, Lancaster and Alstead to support those in need. Each Mobile Food Pantry will provide meals for 200 families. The timing of these Mobile Food Pantries is critical, as children and families who rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year, often struggle during summer months without free and reduced meals.
“Mobile Food Pantries are crucial tools in the fight against hunger, transporting food to high-need areas and supplying goods directly to consumers,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Particularly during the summer, which can be a challenging time for local food pantries, Mobile Food Pantries allow us to strategically support those most in need in New Hampshire. We are incredibly grateful for this tremendous donation, which continues to help us make a major impact on the lives of so many.”
The New Hampshire Food Bank will host the following Mobile Food Pantries:
- Wednesday, June 28, at 4 PM at St. Vincent de Paul & St. John the Evangelist on 69 1/2 South State Street in Concord
- Saturday, July 15, at 10 AM at Compass Classical Academy on the Corner of Franklin and School streets in Franklin
- Saturday, July 22, at 10 AM at Helping Hands Food Pantry on Highland Street in Plymouth
- Saturday, August 19, at Noon at St. Paul’s & St. Mark’s Church on Main Street in Lancaster
- Saturday, August 26, at 11 AM at Fall Mountain Emergency Food Pantry on 122 RT 12A in Alstead
The New Hampshire Food Bank held a mobile food pantry in Colebrook earlier this year with support from the same anonymous donation.
The New Hampshire Food Bank is utilizing the majority of the anonymous $1 million donation to reduce costs for the New Hampshire Food Bank’s 430 partner agencies. These partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, afterschool programs, senior centers and other nonprofit feeding programs located in communities throughout New Hampshire. The donor and the New Hampshire Food Bank chose to provide financial assistance to Food Bank partner agencies through a reduction of the shared maintenance fee by 50% over the course of four years. This support is allowing partner agencies to acquire more food for their clients and to potentially increase their capacities.
The New Hampshire Food Bank is also using $70,000 from this donation to support its Culinary Job Training program, which teaches unemployed or underemployed adults the culinary skills necessary to seek employment in the food service industry.
The New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal aid for food distribution, has increased distribution to meet the growing need. During 2016, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed just shy of 13 million pounds of food to partner agencies statewide, marking a 61-percent increase over the past five years.
For more information and to donate, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.
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.