Hannaford donates 32,622 pounds of food to NH Food Bank

Hannaford Supermarkets recently donated 39,622 pounds of food to the New Hampshire Food Bank. Members of the Hannaford Supermarket team, back row from left: Bedford store Manager Gregg Stryer; driver Paul Maille; Hampton store Manager Ashley Campo; Director of Operations John Fifield; Hooksett store Manager Kevin Michaud; Goffstown store Manager Carl Provencher. Front row from left: Concord store Manager Mike Capsalis; and Exeter store Manager Bryan Sutton.

MANCHESTER – Hannaford Supermarkets recently donated 39,622 pounds of nutritious food to the New Hampshire Food Bank, valued at $36,500. This gift brings the total value of food and cash donations made statewide through the 2017 Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger campaign to pantries and the New Hampshire Food Bank to $282,000.

“We are truly grateful for this continued support and partnership with Hannaford Supermarkets,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire. “This donation will help ease the burden for many families in New Hampshire. This is a difficult time of year for many of the people we serve making the timing of this donation particularly impactful.”

In addition to the New Hampshire effort, the Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger program spans the other four states in Hannaford’s market area: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. The regional effort generated a total of $1.1 million dollars in nutritious food and cash for food banks and pantries across the Northeast.

The final installment of these donations – delivered by tractor trailer to food banks in the five states served by Hannaford – comes at a time of year when food donations typically slow down. Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, a campaign held annually during the holiday season, has raised $10.1 million for those in need since the program began in 2008.

The Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger campaign had three parts:

• Fight Hunger Boxes: Customers purchased boxes of food staples for $10 and chose whether to have the box delivered to the local pantry or to donate it personally.

• Register Donation: Customers donated money to their local food pantry, right at the register.

• Buy One, Give One: Hannaford donated specific products identical to those items purchased by customers during a four-week period.

The buy one, give one donations – delivered this month across five states – included more than 105,000 boxes, cans and jars of pasta, beans, peas, corn, oat cereal and peanut butter. Earlier, the program donated more than 95,000 large boxes filled with food staples such as rice, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, cereal and peanut butter, as well as thousands of dollars in cash donations.

In 2017, Hannaford donated nearly 24 million pounds of food rescued from its stores – items that were approaching their sell-by date or had cosmetic damage.