Thank you for joining me in supporting the Mission Possible Challenge in support of the New Hampshire Food Bank's new facility. This campaign creates a secure foundation for our Food Bank to continue its mission to distribute food and fight the root causes of hunger.
By 2007, we realized that the NH Food Bank had outgrown its previous home. In early 2009, NH Catholic Charities was presented with an opportunity to purchase a distribution facility for the NH Food Bank that would meet our current and future needs. Recognizing that purchasing and renovating the facility without having raised the necessary funds in advance was a risk, we moved forward with the project, in keeping with our mission to serve the poor and vulnerable. At the same time, we began our Community Campaign to fund the new purchase and retrofit of the building.
This decision was made knowing that, once in the new facility, the NH Food Bank would be able to immediately address the ever-increasing demand for food distribution and services.
Our 5 million dollar campaign for the Food Bank allows us to provide so much more to our community:
• The ability to meet the demands for food distribution
• 308% more capacity to accept non-perishable food
• 869% more space to accept and store perishable and frozen foods
• The infrastructure to offer on line ordering creating a more equitable distribution of food
• The resources necessary to expand our outreach as needed
• The physical space to better serve our agencies and those in need.
As we near our goal, we are excited to launch the Mission Possible Challenge, a great opportunity for new and additional gifts to support the new facility. Your gift will help us meet the challenge!
Thank you for your support!
Richard M. Bunker
The Mission Possible Challenge
We need you to help us reach the Mission Possible Challenge by making a contribution toward our $700,000 Challenge goal. When we reach this goal, our Challenge Sponsors will contribute $350,000 to complete our mission of funding the new Food Bank facility. In this way, your gift will be helping twice.
Moving into the new building has allowed the Food Bank to increase distribution by almost 20% last year alone in response to the increased demand. As the state's only food bank, it is the most vital source of food products for over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other qualified agencies.
Community Campaign Cabinet
Richard M. Bunker, Chair
RBC Wealth Managment
N.H. Grocers Association
W. Stephen McMahon
The McMahon Group
of Wells Fargo
People's United Bank
Brady Sullivan Properties
NH Institute of Politics
Campaign Cabinet, Emeritus
Cathy Schmidt, Co-Chair
Cabinet Chair Emeritus
Dean, SNHU Business School
Catamount Management Corp.
Devine, Millimet & Branch
Northeast Delta Dental
Business and Industry Association
Normand St. Amand
Novus Public Affairs
Carolyn Benthien, Consultant
The New Facility
In 2009, New Hampshire Catholic Charities embarked on creating a facility for the New Hampshire Food Bank to meet its current and future needs. Our new space allows opportunities for expansion of our outreach programs, the initiation of an on-line order system for more equitable distribution of food, and the ability to store more frozen products, allowing us to accept and distribute more meat. Thanks to the greater storage space at our new facility, we have also been able to acquire larger quantities of non-perishable goods, reducing our costs.
Our new space allows the Food Bank to focus on developing and expanding innovative food distribution methods and programs that address the root causes of hunger. Job training, along with nutritional and budgeting education, leads people toward greater self-sufficiency. Our outreach and new distribution programs include:
• Culinary Arts Training
• Fresh Rescue
• Cooking Matters
• Production Garden
• SNAP Outreach Program
• Mobile Food Pantry
• Regional Distribution Drop Sites