Anonymous Private Foundation Commits $100,000 Matching Grant to NH Food Bank

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A NH Food Bank truck makes trips across the state each week delivering more than 14 million pounds of food to pantries and at mobile food giveaways. Photo/Pat Grossmith

Manchester, NH – An anonymous private foundation is once again challenging the New Hampshire Food Bank and its supporters to raise $100,000 by the end of the year. The Foundation will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 for a potential $200,000 in funding, which would equate to roughly 400,000 meals for the hungry. The Foundation made the matching grant through the WMUR Spirit of Giving Food Drive. Donations can be made at www.nhfoodbank.org.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused considerable hardship throughout New Hampshire, and those who are food insecure need our help now more than ever,” said Eileen Liponis, Executive Director, New Hampshire Food Bank. “We are extremely grateful for this generous matching donation, as our supporters now have the opportunity to double the value of their donation, ultimately maximizing our fundraising efforts this holiday season and allowing us to provide those in need with nutritious meals.”

Over the past seven years, this annual anonymous donation, combined with public support, has raised more than $4 million, providing roughly eight million meals for those in need.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges at the local and national level, resulting in significant increases in food insecurity, which refers to people who are unsure when or where their next meal will come from. The New Hampshire Food Bank estimates one in nine people in New Hampshire are facing food insecurity, including 12% of children.

In 2020, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed more than 17 million pounds of non-perishable food, the equivalent of roughly 14,913,220 meals, to more than 400 nonprofit food agencies in all corners of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Food Bank expects to continue increasing food distribution to meet the need.

For more information and to donate, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

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The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984. According to Feeding America projections, approximately 131,590 Granite Staters could experience food insecurity in 2021, a 10-percent change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 30,950 children are living in food-insecure environments, which is an 11-percent change. In 2020, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed more than 17 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 daycare centers. For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit www.nhfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.