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Outreach Spotlight: New Hampshire Food Bank

by: Kim Smith

SilverTech supports New Hampshire’s fight against hunger.

Are you curious to know the next organization to receive a $2,500 donation in honor of our 25th-anniversary celebration? SilverTech is excited to share that we have chosen the New Hampshire Food Bank to highlight this month!

In the past year and a half, families in need of a simple life-sustaining resource, food, has increased. The mission of the New Hampshire Food Bank is to feed those that are hungry. They do this by providing groceries, advocating for change, and by educating the public about the problems and solutions surrounding hunger in the state of New Hampshire.

Feeding America says that an estimated 42 million people will experience food insecurity in 2021.

*These are national statistics provided by Feeding America’s most recent annual Map the Meal Gap study and ongoing research surrounding the impact of COVID-19.

Their History

On World Food Day in 1984, the New Hampshire Food Bank opened its doors and distributed 250,000 pounds of food that first year. In 2019, the food bank distributed 14,277,526 pounds of food to those in need. A program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, the food bank serves as the only food bank in the state, working to provide nutritious food and resources to the hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents that are food insecure. The Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food annually to more than 400 non-profit food agencies, including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s programs, senior centers and many more. These agencies are providing hunger relief to those in need every day.

The New Hampshire Food Bank receives a significant portion of the food donations through Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Feeding America solicits product donations from companies across the country, such as Kellogg’s, Nabisco and many others, which are then distributed to over 200 food banks across the nation.

NH Food Bank Impact

Today, with the more than 400 partnering agencies across the State of NH, the Food Bank is able to provide more food than ever to the residents of NH. Some staggering statistics as of 2019 to consider (information from the 2020 annual report):

  • 1 in 9 men, women and children in New Hampshire are food insecure
  • 1 in 6 seniors in New Hampshire are food insecure
  • 12% of children in New Hampshire are living in food insecure environments

The ultimate goal is to decrease these numbers with additional resources and programs. In 2020 the food bank started a pilot program to get farms across the state involved. There are 170 farmers that provided 40,000 pounds of produce, meat, and dairy to 77 partner agencies in the first year. The New Hampshire Food Bank has grown its facilities and recently acquired additional refrigerated coolers that increase the food storage capacity. Other programs such as Recipe for Success, Mobile Food Pantry, and Fre$h Re$cue are also having a huge impact in reducing food insecurity. While the partnering agencies are across the state of NH, the Mobile Food Pantry allows the food bank to target and distribute food in the areas with the most need. Recipe for Success is empowering people to learn new skills in culinary job training programs. The Fre$h Re$cue program allows the Food Bank to recover and collect fresh meat and poultry from supermarkets and grocery stores rather than it being disposed of. This meat and chicken are then distributed to partner agencies across NH and used in the Culinary Job Training Program to prepare nutritional cuisine to be frozen and distributed throughout the state.

How Can You Help?

Working together we can solve hunger. There are so many ways to get involved and help the New Hampshire Food Bank. In addition to the tangible and monetary donations, the Food Bank needs people who are willing to donate their time and effort. From volunteering, to organizing a food drive, taking a SNAP challenge, planting a row for the hungry, sponsoring a mobile food pantry, and raising awareness are all a big part of fighting food insecurity. Companies are encouraged to donate their services. You can bring the support that organizations like the New Hampshire Food Bank really need, people who care about other people.

SilverTech and New Hampshire Food Bank

As a local Manchester business for over 25 years, we have seen the impact on the community that the New Hampshire Food Bank provides. We are lucky to be able to give back to organizations that mean so much to our employees. Our employees have volunteered at food pantries that partner with the New Hampshire Food Bank, serving those in need across the state of New Hampshire, and feel honored to share their story on our platform.

SilverTech is proud to partner with the New Hampshire Food Bank once again. In addition to the $2,500 donation that was made to the food bank, we will be having a food drive at both our Manchester and Indianapolis offices. We will be sharing in some friendly competition between the offices and with our co-workers. Who will get the most canned food donations? These donations will go to local food banks in our communities, including the NH Food Bank, to fight hunger this holiday season. We encourage our entire team to participate.

Thank you to the New Hampshire Food Bank, Catholic Charities NH, and Feeding America for your continued efforts in the fight against hunger.