NH Food Bank distributes record 11 million pounds in 2014

MANCHESTER – The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, reached a record food distribution of 11 million pounds in 2014.

That was equivalent to 9,166,666 meals – a 29 percent increase over last year and the most it has ever distributed.

With 1 in 9 men, women and children in New Hampshire who don’t know when or where their next meal will come from and with needs continuing to grow, this is a much needed boost to the New Hampshire Food Bank’s critical role in New Hampshire’s emergency food system.

This year’s growth in food distribution is because of the response of the New Hampshire Food Bank’s partners, donors, volunteers and others to the increasing needs of our neighbors in need. As the only statewide food bank in the state, the New Hampshire Food Bank provides food and other resources to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s and senior’s programs, and other hunger relief partner agencies throughout the state.

“We are so grateful to have had the ability to reach such a milestone,” said Mel Gosselin, New Hampshire Food Bank executive director. “All that participated, whether donor, volunteer, staff or advocate, should be proud knowing the impact you’ve had on the thousands of New Hampshire Food Bank clients that were able to eat because of you.”

Several other key milestones also occurred. In January, the food bank achieved AIB international certification, one of only 10 food banks in the country to attain this certification. October also marked the 30-year anniversary of the food bank.

“Even with this significant increase in distribution and other milestones, an estimated 24 million meals are still missing for our neighbors in need in New Hampshire,” Gosselin said. “Our work to support those in need continues.”

For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.