Press Release 

For Release:  December 12, 2012

Photo Available: Download a photo of foundation staff members Laura Rauscher (left) and Jennifer Perkins flank Melanie Gosselin, executive director of the NH Food Bank. The checks represent gifts to the Food Bank given by the staff of the foundation ($6,560) and from an anonymous donor ($25,000).

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation presents two gifts to the New Hampshire Food Bank

CONCORD, N.H. – The staff at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation gathered on Friday, December 7, at the New Hampshire Food Bank to mark the season by packing dried cranberries for distribution during the holiday season. And by presenting two gifts to help support the work of the Food Bank: a check for $6,560 donated by members of the staff and matched by the foundation, and a second gift of $25,000 given anonymously by a foundation donor.

"The Food Bank performs heroically, serving people in every corner of the state every day, and we are delighted to have this chance to support that work—financially and though volunteer efforts," said Richard Ober, president of the foundation. "We all took away a fresh appreciation of the sheer scale of the work that goes on at the Food Bank facility in Manchester and its ability to touch the lives of people in need.”

The Food Bank, an initiative of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, supports more than 400 food pantries in communities across the state. Last year, it distributed more than 7.8 million pounds of donated, surplus and purchased food to 143,000 men, women and children. The Food Bank also provides job training for people in financial hardship seeking to enter the food service industry, and teaches families how to prepare healthy and affordable meals.

About the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and corporations. It serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont and makes grants and student aid awards annually totaling $30 million. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in communities through regional advisory boards. More information is available at or by calling 603-225-6641.

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