Counting Down on Nothing: NH Food Bank Raises $100,000; Aiming to Set an All-time Record With Two Weeks to Go in Nothing Campaign

NH Food Bank and Citizens Bank exceeding five-year totals of $500,000 raised and one million meals generated

Manchester, NH – The New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens Bank have reached major milestones in the fifth year of the Nothing Campaign—and with two weeks remaining, they are aiming to break an all-time fundraising record. This year’s Nothing Campaign has raised $99,867 and generated 199,734 meals for the hungry so far, increasing five-year totals to $528,317 and more than one million meals. Exceeding the $500,000 fundraising mark, the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, is aiming to raise another $25,000 over the final two weeks, which would set a single-year fundraising record for the Nothing Campaign. The current single-year fundraising record is $114,000, which was set in 2016.

The statewide Nothing Campaign features cans of “nothing” representing the reality that thousands of New Hampshire residents have nothing to eat. Throughout the rest of May, participating grocery stores are selling cans of nothing 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 generate meals for the hungry. To learn more and to donate, visit nhfoodbank.org/nothing.

“The Nothing Campaign has truly resonated with New Hampshire residents and businesses and their generous support has had a tremendous impact in the fight against hunger,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “We are proud to have reached these major milestones as this year’s campaign nears its end, and there is still time to give in support of the 139,730 New Hampshire residents who have nothing to eat. For every dollar you donate, the New Hampshire Food Bank can provide two nutritious meals, so just by purchasing a Nothing can, you have generated 10 meals.”

The New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens Bank, which has been the sole underwriter for all five years of the Nothing Campaign in New Hampshire, launched the Nothing Campaign in New Hampshire in 2013 to support the one in nine New Hampshire residents—including 41,350 children—who have nothing to eat. Last year, the Nothing Campaign raised more than $100,739 and provided more than 201,478 meals for those in need.

“It is inspiring to see the community continue to come together to provide meals for those at risk of hunger,” said Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire. “We are proud to partner with the New Hampshire Food Bank on this campaign and couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

The Nothing Campaign generates critical resources for the New Hampshire Food Bank’s network of more than 400 partner agencies across the state. Thanks to support from the New Hampshire Food Bank and the Nothing Campaign, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, with locations in Laconia, Concord and Suncook, are able to serve nutritious meals to nearly 200 kids each week.

“Without the New Hampshire Food Bank’s support, there is just no way we would be able to purchase and prepare all the food,” said Chris Emond, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire. “When you look at the basic needs of kids, to be able to provide nutritious meals on a consistent basis, it’s huge. We would not be able to do this without the New Hampshire Food Bank’s support.”

Working to address the growing need, the New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal aid for food distribution, distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food in 2016, an increase of 55-percent over the past four years.

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Caption: Having reached major fundraising milestones during this year’s Nothing Campaign, the New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens Bank are aiming to set a single-year fundraising record by raising another $25,000 over the final two weeks of the campaign. This year’s Nothing Campaign has raised $99,867 and generated 199,734 meals for the hungry, increasing five-year totals to $528,317 and more than one million meals. Pictured here, Governor Chris Sununu speaks during the Nothing Campaign launch last month, while New Hampshire Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Liponis and Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire, look on.  

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 click here: 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 $150.3 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017. 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.

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