Knights of Columbus, local church donate $12K to food bank

MANCHESTER – The BedfordKnights of Columbus and members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Bedford recently joined together to raise $12,215 during their 2017 Turkey Drive to support the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. The Bedford Knights of Columbus, Council 12988, spearheaded the food drive, which included contributions from the parish community of St. Elizabeth Seton Church and several other organizations and businesses.

“The Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Seton parish in Bedford are very pleased that we were once again able to provide this donation to the New Hampshire Food Bank,” said Michael Pitaro, grand knight of Council 12988. “I am extremely proud of the council members and parishioners who donated to this worthy cause.”

The Bedford Knights of Columbus began supporting the New Hampshire Food Bank more than 10 years ago by donating a few turkeys. Since then, the initiative has grown considerably. Over the past eight years, the campaign has raised more than $88,365 to help meet the holiday food needs in New Hampshire. Msgr. John Quinn, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton and chaplain of the Bedford Knights of Columbus, was instrumental in the initial launch of the New Hampshire Food Bank and continues to be a tireless supporter.

“The New Hampshire Food Bank is extremely thankful to the Knights of Columbus Council 12988, St. Elizabeth Seton and Quinn, the Bedford Rotary and others for their continued generosity and support,” said Eileen Groll Liponis, executive

director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Approximately 10 percent of people in New Hampshire, including 13 percent of children, don’t know where their next meal will come from. 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 of Columbus to help this worthy cause in their mission to address the issue of hunger in our communities,” said Quinn.

During 2016, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food to its more than 425 partner agencies. This year, because of the growing demand, the New Hampshire Food Bank expects to distribute more than 14 million pounds of food.

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