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Bedford Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Donate $10k to NH Food Bank

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Joseph M. Donahue Council 12988 and members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Bedford joined together to raise $10,000 in donations during their 2013 Turkey Drive for the New Hampshire Food Bank, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The community spirit within the parish and the council was inspiring. Members from the Knights of Columbus Council spearheaded and contributed to the initiative, along with contributions by members of the parish community of St. Elizabeth Seton. It was a team effort.

The Knights of Columbus, Council 12988 and Msgr. John Quinn, of St. Elizabeth Seton parish, have a long-standing relationship with the New Hampshire Food Bank. The Knights of Columbus began their support of the Food Bank 10 years ago by donating a few turkeys … then a few more … then many more … until they got to where they are today. Msgr. Quinn, the pastor, was instrumental in the initial launch of the Food Bank and continues to be a vigorous supporter of the New Hampshire Food Bank.

“The Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Seton parish in Bedford are extremely pleased that we were once again able to provide this very large donation to the NH Food Bank,” said Mark Barnard, grand knight of Council 12988. “I am very proud of the council members and parishioners who donated to this worthy cause in spite of less than favorable economic conditions.”

“The NH Food Bank is very thankful to The Knights of Columbus Council 12988, St. Elizabeth Seton and Msgr. John Quinn for their continued generosity and support,” said Mel Gosselin, executive director. “On a daily basis, more than 140,000 men, women and children go hungry in New Hampshire. Partnerships like this are critical in helping us feed people in need.”

“We are very pleased that the parish and our parishioners were able to reach out to the New Hampshire Food Bank through the Knights to help this worthy cause in their mission to address the problems of hunger in our communities,” added Quinn.

The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984. As the state’s only food bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procures and distributes nearly 8 million pounds of food to needy people through more than 400 nonprofit 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 day care centers.

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