Organizations aid food bank

The Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Joseph M. Donahue Council 12988 and members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Bedford joined together to raise $12,000 in donations during their 2015 Turkey Drive for the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities N.H., 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 and several other supportive organizations and businesses. It truly 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. Over the past six years the campaign has raised more than $60,000 to help meet the holiday food needs in New Hampshire. 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 N.H. Food Bank," said Bill Toolin, Grand Knight of Council 12988. "I am very proud of the council members and parishioners who donated to this worthy cause."

"The N.H. 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. 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" said Mel Gosselin, executive director.

"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."