For Immediate Release
December 23, 2013
CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that state employees from eighteen different state agencies have completed a food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which resulted in donations of $11,211.20 and 7,192 food items combined.
"It is so important that we give back to our communities during the holiday season and throughout the year, and thanks to the generosity of New Hampshire's state employees, the holidays will be a little brighter for hundreds of New Hampshire families," Governor Hassan said. "Too often, New Hampshire residents go to sleep hungry because they are forced to make an impossible choice between accessing medical care, paying their rent, heating their homes, or feeding their families. Through their support of the New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire's dedicated public servants help us continue to make progress in the fight against food insecurity, improving lives by decreasing hunger. I want to thank all of the state employees and agencies, as well as the New Hampshire Food Bank, for their unyielding commitment to strengthening our families, our communities and our state."
The food drive was initiated when employees from the Department of Revenue Administration prompted Commissioner John Beardmore to create a competition, in good fun, amongst state agencies to see which agency could collect the donations for the Food Bank this holiday season. The other agencies and commissioners accepted the challenge, with the ultimate winner being the people of New Hampshire who are served by the Food Bank.
When all of the results were totaled, the Office of Energy and Planning won the agency challenge with a per capita rate of 45.11 items from their staff.
"This is truly an amazing amount of support and team work by all of the state departments and their employees who generously donated during their recent food drive. Working together with incredible partners like this is yet another way that together we can solve hunger," said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank.
The state agencies that participated in the food drive challenge include the Adjutant General's Department, the Department of Administrative Services, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice/Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Banking, the Department of Cultural Resources, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Education, the Office of Energy and Planning, the Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Insurance Department, the Department of Labor, the Liquor Commission, the Department of Revenue Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Treasury.
According to the New Hampshire Food Bank, one out of every nine people in New Hampshire doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. The New Hampshire Food Bank distributes food to approximately 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, children's programs, and other human service agencies throughout the state. For more information, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.