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5/2/2013 - Feeding America's National Chef Days Conference Held in Manchester

Manchester, NH (May 2, 2013) – Last week the New Hampshire Food Bank hosted representatives from Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, and 21 food banks from across the nation for Chef Days. The two-day ‘Chef Days’ conference was held for food banks that have community kitchens to discuss best practices and learn from other programs.

Chefs, program managers, executive directors and senior management staff from the food banks and Feeding America had the opportunity to participate in focus groups on various topics such as sustainability, nutrition, federal nutrition programs, and food safety management.

“Feeding America’s Chef Days conference is a great way for food banks to come together and learn from each other,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “We are proud of the impact our programs continue to have around the issues of hunger and poverty in New Hampshire. As a network, sharing best practices and discussing programmatic goals is crucial to our mission.”

Community kitchens within food banks help fight the root causes of hunger with programs such as culinary job training for those who are unemployed or underemployed and providing meals to partner agencies to help feed those in need.

“We are so proud to be a part of 2013 Chef Days, the biggest gathering of community kitchens in Feeding America history,” said Michelle Berger Marshall, Director of Nutrition at Feeding America . “This gathering provides all of us an opportunity to learn about the innovative ways community kitchen chefs and staff are leading the way to not only provide healthy meals to children, families in need but also providing opportunities, job training and culinary education that is empowering to students and communities across the country.”
Chef Days is an annual conference held at a different food bank each year. The New Hampshire Food Bank was chosen to host Chef Days for 2013.


About the New Hampshire Food Bank
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984.  As the state’s only food bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procures and distributes nearly 8.5 million pounds of food to needy people through more than 400 non-profit partner 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 at www.facebook.com/nhfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nhfb.

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Contact Information

Nancy Mellitt, New Hampshire Food Bank, nmellitt@nhfoodbank.org 

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