N.H. Food Bank gets grant from Shaw’s

Foundation gives $46K

The New Hampshire Food Bank recently received a $46,000 grant from the Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation’s Hunger Is initiative. The Hunger Is program helps build awareness and raise funds toward the goal of eradicating childhood hunger. The food bank will use these funds to provide nutritious breakfast foods for child hunger relief. Pictured here, representatives from the Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation present the New Hampshire Food Bank with the grant.

NASHUA – More than 12 million children in the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. This is a persistent problem that one might not notice at a first glance, but the need is there.

Local organizations and larger companies are giving back to help address this issue. Recently, the New Hampshire Food Bank received a $46,000 grant from the Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation’s Hunger Is Initiative.

Hunger Is, a joint charitable campaign of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, works to raise funds to end childhood hunger in the U.S.

Shaw’s notes itself as a proud supporter of Hunger Is.

“With one in five children in America, in our neighborhoods, not knowing where their next meal will come from, it is a big problem and we are well-positioned to create a ground swelling of support to ensure that no child will go hungry,” it states on the Shaw’s Foundation website.

The funds raised through Hunger Is go toward providing a nutritious breakfast to children both in and outside of school, depending on location.

“Within the borders of our country, the limits of our cities, the blocks of our neighborhoods, the walls of our schools, a lack of nourishment is eroding our children’s potential. … That is not someone else’s problem.

It is ours to solve. We can all do something to undo childhood hunger… We will not let their opportunities to succeed be diminished by hunger. Empty stomachs will not determine who they will be and what they can accomplish,” it also states on the Shaw’s Foundation website.

“We are excited the Shaw’s and Star Market Foundation are supporting the everyday work we do to help local kids start their days with quality, nutritious meals,” N.H. Food Bank Executive Director Eileen Liponis said.

According to the food bank website, it supplies millions of pounds of food annually to more than 400 partner agencies. The agencies range from food pantries to homeless shelters to children’s and senior programs and more. It receives no federal or state funding and is the state’s only food bank.

Shaw’s stores in these communities collected Hunger Is cash donations in support of the food bank: Nashua, Londonderry, Stratham, Merrimack, Windham, Concord, Gilford, Belmont, Center Conway, Milford, Lancaster, Woodsville, Littleton, Derry, Walpole, Plaistow, Hooksett, Hillsborough, Newport, West Lebanon and Peterborough.

In 2018, the food bank distributed more than 14 million pounds of food. Although this has made a serious impact for many across the state, extra help is always needed.

To donate or find out more information, visit https://www.nhfoodbank.org.

Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.