9/5/2013 - September declared Hunger Action Month by Governor Maggie Hassan
CONCORD, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 - Today at the State House Governor Maggie Hassan and Mel Gosselin, Executive Director at the NH Food Bank, kicked off Hunger Action Month-a month-long effort in support of hunger-relief. In a proclamation read by Governor Hassan she declared September -Hunger Action Month in New Hampshire and encouraged the citizens and businesses of our state to join in supporting the New Hampshire Food Bank, the state’s only Food Bank.
Also in attendance were New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) and Northway Bank representatives. In an effort to support Hunger Action Month, they have joined forces to help raise a minimum of $150,000 for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Food Bank inventory levels are at record lows while statewide demand is increasing. The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge aims to fill those empty shelves and help the Food Bank prepare for its busiest season – the holidays and winter months. “We chose September, in recognition of Hunger Action Month, to kick off the NHEC/Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge,” said NHEC President/CEO Fred Anderson. “With the commitment by the NHEC Foundation and Northway Bank to match every dollar, even a small donation can go a long way.”
Beginning September 1st and running through the end of December 2013, NHEC and Northway Bank are soliciting donations from members, customers, businesses and the general public. The exciting news is that the first $80,000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar by the NHEC Foundation ($50,000) and Northway Bank ($30,000) giving this campaign an even greater boost.
There are three convenient ways to make a tax-deductible donation.
n Online at www.nhfoodbank.org/NHECNorthwayBankChallenge
n By mail with a check made payable to the NHEC Foundation, 579 Tenney Mtn. Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264 (write Food Bank Challenge on the memo line), or
n Stop by any of Northway Bank’s 18 branch locations throughout the state to make your donation.
As the state’s only food bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributes food to needy residents in more than 400 locations statewide.
“We are genuinely grateful for the continued generous support of the NHEC Foundation and Northway Bank,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “This opportunity to double your gift and quadruple the meals we are able to provide to communities throughout the state is a perfect opportunity to support our neighbors in need. We continue to seek support as demand is out-pacing the need for assistance.”