Mission Possible Challenge Launched for NH Food Bank


NH Catholic Charities announces final community phase of Food Bank campaign.

Manchester, NH (June 7, 2012) New Hampshire Catholic Charities is pleased to announce the final leg of its campaign to fund the new facility of the NH Food Bank. This final statewide portion of the campaign is entitled the Mission Possible Challenge. Catholic Charities is challenging every New Hampshire individual, business, and community to join in the effort to raise $700,000 over the next six months. If all $700,000 is raised generous sponsors will match an additional $350,000 to help close the campaign. 

By 2007, 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 its current and future needs. Recognizing that purchasing and renovating the facility without having raised the necessary funds in advance was a risk, Catholic Charities moved forward with the project, in keeping with its 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.

Moving into the new building has allowed the Food Bank to increase distribution by 18 percent 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 throughout New Hampshire.

Our $5 million dollar campaign stretch goal 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.

For more information on the Mission Possible Challenge visit here or to make a gift contact Erin Torrey DesMarais at (603) 669-9725 ext. 121 or visit our donation page.