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The New Hampshire Food Bank’s

Spring 2007

Food For Thought Making the Grade

Mountain View Academy hosts two benefits

5th annual Hike Against Hunger Saturday, June 2 Mine Falls Park, Nashua Breakfast & Registration 9 a.m. Hike begins at 10 a.m. The Hike Against Hunger provides an opportunity for family and friends to participate in a fun and energizing fundraiser sponsored by Panera Bread and benefiting the NH Food Bank’s Operation Frontline program, a program of Share Our Strength. Spend the morning hiking the trails of Mine Falls Park. Panera Bread provides breakfast before the hike. Hikers can also participate in a posthike BBQ with musical entertainment by Acoustic BS. All the while, you’ll help fight hunger in New Hampshire!

In February, White Mountain Regional High School’s hospitality program, Mountain View Academy, and the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, NH teamed up to deliver two successful New Hampshire Food Bank benefits. In the first event, the “Pack Away Hunger Campaign,” Mountain View Academy Mountain View Academy students (L-R), Kelly Josselyn, Derek Merner, Candra Hicks, teacher, Lisa Perras, Sarah Atkinson, Griffin Gilman, asked fourth graders from Amanda Capute, and Caitlin Arpin. Lancaster Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Whitefield Though there were many challenges, Elementary, and Dalton Elementary like getting all the children in the right schools to collect non-perishable food place at the same time, Mountain View items in provided backpacks. Academy instructor Lisa Perras would like to hold the event annually. On February 9, the kids were treated to a day of educational fun at the The second event featured an evening Mountain View Grand. The fourth social gala complete with live music graders played Food Bank bingo, went provided by White Mountain Regional on a horse drawn sleigh ride, and High School’s jazz band, dinner courtesy visited a petting zoo. of the Mountain View Grand, a silent auction, and dancing. The gala held in the Presidential Hall at the Mountain View Grand attracted a large crowd and raised over $16,000.

The top ten individuals to raise over $250 will receive a $50 Timberland gift card! There is also an award for the team that rasises the most money! Teams are an important part of the Hike Against Hunger. Anyone can build a team: friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. Gather everyone you know to hike together and have fun! The first 300 people to register will also receive a free Hike t-shirt!

See page 6 for registration!

“The best part of the day was seeing the kids get off the buses with all that food,” said Mountain View Academy senior Caitlin Arpin. The food overflowed from backpacks in the middle of the Mountain View Grand’s ballroom. The children from all four elementary schools collected 2,503 pounds of food.

Mountain View Academy students were able to secure beautiful silent auction items, such as a hand made bed frame by a New Hampshire craftsman. “We wanted to raise money for a cause that would have the most impact,” said Arpin. “We heard about the Food Bank’s supplies being low, and we talked it over, and it fit our goals.” “I couldn’t be more proud,” said Perras. “This group worked really hard, and I’m really happy with the turn-out.”

The Director’s Corner When I heard the story from the Manchester Boys and Girls Club– that young children, waiting for a bus to take them to Camp Foster– would eat their lunches for breakfast, my heart sank. Summertime is the hardest for families who have a difficult time putting a meal on the table once a day, let alone three times a day. Many families in New Hampshire rely on the free and reduced priced meals given to their children during the school year. In the summer time they are responsible for at least an extra 10 meals per week, and sometimes, many times they are unable to provide those extra meals. At the New Hampshire Food Bank we believe it is our responsibility to aid these families. With our Operation Frontline Program, and our upcoming “Summer Lunch Bag” campaign, we can stop children from going hungry. We are grateful to agencies such as the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, who believe it is also their responsibility to fight hunger for the children they serve. It is because of our successful collaborations with these agencies that we are able to nix hunger in the early stages. We hope that you will join us in the goal to end childhood hunger. Please watch your mail for our Summer Lunch Bag campaign in the coming weeks and make a gift to the Food Bank.


Save these dates! Here are some of the events on the New Hampshire Food Bank’s calendar. You don’t want to miss these! National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday, May 12 For this 15th annual food drive all you have to do is put some non-perishable food items in a bag and leave it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to us!

Hike Against Hunger Saturday, June 2 Mine Falls Park, Nashua Register today to hike beautiful Mine Falls Park while helping to raise money for Operation Frontline. For more information or to register visit our website:

Rocky Road Music Festival Friday, May 25- Monday, May 28 Rocky Road Campground, Loudon A three-day outdoor festival features bands from all genres and will offer something for every taste of musical style.

Hunger Awareness Day Wednesday, June 6 NH Food Bank Join us as we unveil the mural designed by the winners of the Envisioning a Community Without Hunger poster contest.

Best of New Hampshire Party Thursday, June 21 5:30- 8:30 P.M. Verizon Wireless Arena Each year New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH party brings out the best chefs in New Hampshire to donate their time and product. This year the New Hampshire Food Bank is the beneficiary of the food extravaganza. Tickets are on sale now at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box Office. $36 for individuals, $28 for groups. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $39.

Receipt Rewards NHFB is now participating in Shaw’s Receipt Rewards Program. How it works: Bring your Shaw’s receipt to the Food Bank. We send the receipt to Shaw’s. Shaw’s donates a percentage of your purchase to the Food Bank. It’s that easy! Look for the Shaw’s Receipt Rewards drop box the next time you come by the Food bank warehouse.

e Th Fundraiser Report Food Bank Funders Thank you to the following individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations who have donated $1,000 or more from November 2006 - March 2007.

Platinum Donors ($50,000 +) Citizens Bank Foundation

Gold Donors ($25,000 - $49,999) Madelaine G. von Weber Trust Service Credit Union

Silver Donors ($10,000 - $24,999) Hannaford Supermarkets Stop & Shop Family Foundation Cogswell Benevolent Trust Norwin S. & Elizabeth Bean Foundation Greater Manchester Charitable Trust

Bronze Donors ($1,000 - $9,999) Sam’s Club Clear Channel Wal*Mart Foundation Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa Tosa Foundation Cisco Systems Amerijah Productions and Design Wal*Mart St. Anne’s Ecumenical Food Pantry Mary Louise Billings Trust Best Buy Childrens Foundation Barrett Family Foundation New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Geoffrey E. Clark & Martha Fuller Clark Fund Josephine A. Lamprey Fund Digital Federal Credit Union The Daniels Foundation Harmon Law Offices, P.C. Centrix Bank & Trust Keane & MacDonald, P.C. Laconia Savings Bank Brookstone Builders, Inc. UNH Health Services Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Irving Oil Corporation C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Arthur L. Getz Charitable Trust The Palazzi Corporation

Seized Illegal Game Feeds Hungry New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers delivered 250 pounds of moose and deer meat to the New Hampshire Food Bank in March. The donated meat was confiscated during the fall 2006 hunting season in situations where moose and deer had been illegally taken. Conservation Officers had the meat butchered, packaged and frozen after it was seized. The pending court cases recently were resolved, allowing the donation. Almost as soon as the meat was unloaded into the Food Bank’s

The meat donation was transported to the Food Bank by CO Jeremy Hawkes of District 3 and Justin Ferland of District 5.

freezers, local agencies were busy packing it up for people in need. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

The Gift of Giving Inspired by seeing people wait in line for food in Manchester, nine year old Marc Reardon decided to give up birthday gifts for Lent. Marc instead asked his friends to collect money for the NHFB as his gift. Through his birthday party collection, Marc and his friends raised $155 to help hungry New Hampshire residents.

Monarchs and St. Mary’s Bank Ice Hunger

St. Mary’s Bank presented the NHFB with $11,800 on April 7th at a Manchester Monarchs game. The money was raised through St. Mary’s Bank and the Manchester Monarchs’ Put Hunger on Ice campaign. For every goal scored by the Monarchs at a home game during the regular season St. Mary’s Bank donated $100. Manchester Monarchs and St. Mary’s also held a food drive the week of April 2, and at the game collecting 1,004 pounds of food.


The Snack Shack - Your Source In the Kitchen Southwestern Black-eyed Pea and Corn Salad

Warehouse News

Serves 6 This hearty southwestern salad is sure to hit the spot when craving something with a little spice.

Inventory Check The Food Bank is consistently receiving large donations of laundry soaps and other personal care items, such as soap and deoderant. These items have been in demand recently. The Food Bank has also received many nutritious snack items, such as cereal bars.

Ingredients: 9 cups of water 3 cups dry black-eyed peas (2 15 oz. cans drained) 1 bell pepper, diced 1 small, diced red onion 2 cups canned or frozen corn, drained (and thawed) 3 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon cilantro salt and pepper to taste

Unfortunately, the warehouse has been consistently low on protein items, mainly meat products. There have been some large donations of pasta which has filled the void.

1. Mix the black-eyed peas with the cold water. Let the beans soak overnight or at least one hour.

2. Cook the black-eyed peas for one hour, and drain the water and let cool. If using canned beans, just drain and rinse under cold water. 3. Cut up the pepper and onion. 4. Mix black-eyed peas and corn with oil and vinegar and add cumin, salt, and pepper into the salad. 5. Serve on a plate and garnish with cilantro. Recipe by: Chef Roland Ulber from Eating Right

Ask The Nutritionist by Courtney Bridges, Dietetic Intern

Is there really a difference between tap and bottled water? The main difference between bottled water and tap water is the presence of fluoride in the tap water. Fluoride is important for increasing mineralization of bones and teeth, and preventing dental caries. Consuming water with fluoride and using fluoride containing toothpastes and mouth rinses also provides adequate amounts. When bottled water is the only water source, it is important to buy bottled water that has fluoride added, or consume an occasional glass of water from the tap. Both bottled water and tap water are regulated by the government and are


equally safe to drink. Contact your local water treatment facility to find out how your water supply compares to national standards.

Is chocolate really good for you? Research has shown that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, has certain flavonoids in the cocoa that are Despite these benefits, chocolate is also connected with a decreased risk of much higher in calories and saturated cardiovascular disease. Cocoa also contains similar vitamins, minerals, and fat than other foods with the same antioxidants as other plant foods, which benefits, and should be consumed in is beneficial in preventing disease, heart moderation. It is not considered a “health food” and should be enjoyed attack, and stroke. Also, 1/3 of the fat found in chocolate is monounsaturated after consuming other healthy choices from the MyPyramid plan which is a healthy fat and is important recommendations. for disease prevention. Source: The American Dietetic Association

e For Agency-Related News & Events Spotlight Agency Boys & Girls Club of manchester ESTABLISHED: 1907



Each summer since 1978 the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester holds day camp at Camp Foster in Bedford. Camp Foster is a place where inner city kids can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and just be kids in a wooded atmosphere. 320 Manchester kids, ages 6-13, load up on a bus each day for 10 weeks for activity-filled days in the sun. Camp Foster is a haven for these children, an unending day of play.

morning while waiting for the bus, because they didn’t have breakfast,” said Stone. “I would say 30-40 kids eat their lunch for breakfast, and we won’t let these kids go hungry at lunch time.” Camp Foster staff make lunches if they are able to, but sometimes have to make due with snacks. “The main thing is that the Manchester Boys & Girls Cub would not be able to run programs and snacks/meals for campers if we didn’t shop at the Food Bank,” said Stone.

years of providing hope and opportunity to generations of America’s youth, as well as saving and changing millions of young lives. The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester is one of the 53 original founding clubs of the Boys & Girls Club Movement. The club hosted a year-long centennial celebration of their own beginning in April and culminating in May.

Many of the snacks that are provided for campers are straight from the Food Bank warehouse, according to Stone.

On May 2nd the Boys & Girls Club celebrated their 100th birthday in Manchester with a party and a club member reunion.

Begun in 1903 as “reading and recreation rooms,” and incorporated in 1907, the Manchester Boys Club provided strong role models for “good citizenship, morals, and habits.” Members, once known as “underprivileged and undernourished,” and known today as “underserved” and “at-risk,” are still provided with guidanceoriented programs that instill confidence and unleash potential!

“Often times campers are unable or forget to bring a lunch, or, unfortunately, have eaten their lunch earlier in the

Throughout 2006, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the entire Boys & Girls Club Movement commemorated 100

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester and Camp Foster visit:

“We have about 24 acres of land in Bedford,” said Program Director Dennis Stone. “The kids can choose from 7-8 activities a day. They’re out swimming, boating, and playing basketball. It’s a fun place for these kids.”

Celebrating 100 Years in Manchester

Welcome New Agencies Alzheimers Health Care Service - Berlin • White Mountain Children’s Center - Claremont First Baptist Church Food Pantry - Hampton • Moore Services - Manchester Haiten Community Food Pantry - Bedford • Calvary Bible Church Food Pantry - Meredith Little Blessings Day Care - Salem


April -June Class & Workshop Schedule

From the Frontline OFL expands its Frontlines!

April 2 Power of Eating Right— New Outlook Teen Center, Exeter April 16th Eating Right— Littleton April 18th Power of Eating Right— New Heights, Portsmouth

Common Man owner, Alex Ray leads the Plymouth satellite class in making popular Common Man pizzas.

The Eating Right class began March 5th, and was taught by Robin, two Plymouth State University students, Chef Rachel Robie from the Italian Farmhouse, and Brandon Miller, the manager of the Common Man Bakery and Butcher Shop.

June Side By Side— VNA Parent Baby Adventure, Manchester Workshops April 20 New American Africans Cooking and Nutrition April 30 Cedar House, Healthy Eating

April 9th marked the completion of the first Operation Frontline Satellite class hosted at Whole Village in Plymouth. This class series was the result of collaboration between UNH Cooperative Extension, the Common Man Family of Restaurants, and Operation Frontline. Robin Peters, a nutrition educator from UNH Cooperative Extension, and Alex Ray, the owner of the Common Man Family of Restaurants were instrumental in making the Plymouth satellite class program possible.

Participants learned the benefits of choosing healthy foods, proper food handling techniques and tips on making the most out of their food budget. The class series culminated with a potluck in which all 12 participants had the opportunity to share their own favorite family recipes. Participants and their families also received a visit from Alex Ray, who along with two additional Common Man chefs, led the class through a lesson focused on healthy snacking. Alex generously provided all of the ingredients for class and take home grocery bags. Thank you, Alex Ray!

The New Hampshire OFL Satellite Class program was created using our experiences hosting a remote-site class at In-SHAPE in Keene, and the satellite class model developed by our sister program in Denver, CO. The Plymouth class is one of two pilot classes being held this spring. The second class began in Littleton on April 16th, and is organized by UNH Cooperative Extension nutrition educator Heather Carter and New Hampshire Catholic Charities Parish Outreach Coordinator, Tony Poekert.

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Volunteer View Please welcome Our New Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Cox Please welcome the newest member to the NH Food Bank, Michael Cox. Mike will be filling the role of Volunteer Coordinator. A native of Virginia, Mike graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Human Development in 2003. Mike came to New Hampshire to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Pittsfield Youth Workshop and completed service in 2004. After a cross country road trip, a couple of jobs, and a wedding, Mike found himself as the new Volunteer Coordinator at the NHFB. When he’s not hard at work at the Food Bank, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Brigid, playing indoor soccer, and loves opening his mailbox to find a new netflix movie has arrived. Next time you’re at the Food Bank stop by the office and say “hi.” Mike looks forward to working with all the dedicated volunteers here at the NH Food Bank.

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National Able Network Call 603-623-5627 or 1-800-652-8808 Stop by or write: National Able Network 997 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

Volunteer Appreciation Day April 17, 2007 On Tuesday, April 17, volunteers were invited to a luncheon at the Food Bank to celebrate National Volunteer Week. National Volunteer Week reflects the power that volunteers have to “inspire by example” — volunteers both encourage those they help NHFB volunteers kick back during a casual luncheon on April 17 to and motivate others to serve! celebrate their hard work. National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 when President The New Hampshire Food Bank Richard Nixon signed an executive volunteers are dedicated workers of all order to establish the week as an ages. Our volunteers sort food, help in annual celebration of volunteering. the office, and assist with special events such as Oktoberfest and the Hike NHFB volunteers spend their time Against Hunger. at the Food Bank for a variety of reasons: to give back to the community and to socialize, but one reason is unanimous– to help people suffering of hunger and poverty in our state. “I grew up during the depression,” said one volunteer. “I have had a pretty good life since then. I find this is a good way to say thank you.”

Food Bank Volunteer Opportunities • Sorting Food – Volunteers process unsorted donated food and separate the usable food from the unusable food. • Special Events – The Food Bank has two large events this year and we need the help of volunteers! The “Best of NH” at the Verizon Wireless Arena on June 21. 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at McIntyre Ski Area on September 8. • Food Drops – Volunteers help unload and distribute food to those in need out in the community.

• Office Assistants – The Food Bank is always in need of volunteers who are willing to share their office skills. Volunteers assist with data entry, mailings and other tasks. • Operation Frontline – Are you a cook or nutritionist? Interested in teaching others? Operation Frontline volunteers instruct classes that teach low-income individuals at risk of hunger to select and prepare healthy low-cost meals.



Feeding the Programs that Feed the Hungry 62 West Brook Street Manchester, NH 03101

Spring 2007 Newsletter

Packing Away Hunger “T HE


SEEING THE KIDS GET OFF THE BUSES WITH ALL THAT FOOD .” -Mountain View Academy senior Caitlin Arpin

Also Inside: Eat. Hike. End Hunger. Pg 1 Events Calendar Pg 2 The Fundraiser Report Pg 3

Is Chocolate Good for You? Pg 4 MB&GC Celebrates 100 years Pg 5 From the Frontline Pg 6 National Volunteer Week Pg 7

Food for Thought  

The spring 2007 edition of the New Hampshire Food Bank's quarterly newsletter.

Food for Thought  

The spring 2007 edition of the New Hampshire Food Bank's quarterly newsletter.