PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) and Northway Bank are joining 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.
Beginning September 1 and running through the end of December 2013, NHEC and Northway Bank are soliciting donations from members, customers, businesses and the general public. The first $80,000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar by the NHEC Foundation ($50,000) and Northway Bank ($30,000) giving the campaign an even greater boost. There are three convenient ways to make a tax-deductible donation.
1.Online at www.nhfoodbank.org/NHECNorthwayBankChallenge
2.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
3.Stop by any of Northway Bank's 18 branch locations throughout the state to make your donation.
"We chose September, in recognition of Hunger Action Month, to kick off the 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."
The NH Food Bank's purchasing power can stretch one dollar toprovide two meals for an individual. That means a $20 donation will provide 40 meals to the hungry. Given the dollar for dollar match, that $20 donation becomes $40 and quickly turns into providing 80 meals.
"With the downturn in the economy over the past several years, the NH Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients they serve on a weekly basis," commented Bill Woodward, Northway Bank CEO. "Northway Bank has taken an active part in the fight against hunger and is committed to supporting the Food Bank. Please join NH Electric Co-op, Northway Bank, and the NH Food Bank to help end hunger in our State."
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."
The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge will run through the end of the year.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (center) helped kick off the NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge on September 5 in Concord at a ceremony during which she proclaimed September to be Hunger Action Month in New Hampshire. Joining Governor Hassan were, from left, NH Food Bank Executive Director Mel Gosselin, NHEC Foundation Executive Director Audrey Goudie, Northway Bank SVP, Retail Banking Executive Dawn Champney and NHEC Foundation Board Vice Chair Jerry Hopkins.