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Thursday, August 21, 2014

‘Nothing Campaign’ donations top $100k for NH Food Bank

The New Hampshire Food Bank has raised more than $100,000 as part of its Nothing Campaign created to highlight the thousands of residents in the state who are chronically hungry.

Cans filled with nothing were sold at supermarkets around the state, including Hanaford, Shaw’s, Harvest Market, Jiffy Mart and Market Basket, for $5. Gov. Maggie Hassan purchased the first can to kick off the campaign this winter. ...

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The New Hampshire Food Bank has raised more than $100,000 as part of its Nothing Campaign created to highlight the thousands of residents in the state who are chronically hungry.

Cans filled with nothing were sold at supermarkets around the state, including Hanaford, Shaw’s, Harvest Market, Jiffy Mart and Market Basket, for $5. Gov. Maggie Hassan purchased the first can to kick off the campaign this winter.

The food bank’s executive director, Mel Gosselin, said nearly 6,700 cans were sold overall and combined with a $25,000 donation from the Citizen’s Bank Foundation, raised more than $100,000.

Studies have found that one in every nine New Hampshire residents don’t have enough to eat, including more than 44,000 children. Last year, the food bank nearly doubled the amount of food it distributed to soup kitchens and food pantries to 8.5 million pounds of food, Gosselin said.

The donation by the Citizens Bank Foundation was part of its Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative. The foundation had pledged to match donations to the Nothing Campaign up to $25,000.

To continue the fund-raising campaign, the food bank and WERZ 107.1 FM created the Do Something about Nothing and Cruise promotion. From Aug. 4-22 people can donate money to the food bank at the radio station’s studio at 815 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth and get four tickets for a Thomas Laighton cruise ship tour of the Isle of Shoals on Aug. 28.

For more information on the Nothing campaign visit Nothing.org/NH.

– JOSEPH G. COTE