Bow, N.H. – The Ford Motor Company Fund and Grappone Ford, together with the New Hampshire Food Bank and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, kicked off its first Ford “Focus on Child Hunger” New Hampshire Peanut Butter Drive today during a special launch event at Grappone Ford in Bow. Over the next four weeks, the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, is encouraging the public and businesses to fill a Ford F-150 pickup truck with peanut butter at Grappone Ford in Bow, or to donate online at https://www.nhfoodbank.org/ford-child-hunger-pb-drive/.
“This is an exciting and timely opportunity for the New Hampshire Food Bank, as summer can be a difficult time of year for many of the children and families we serve through our network of more than 425 partner agencies,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “Many children and families rely on free-and-reduced school meals during the school year, and without that option in the summer, it can be challenging to ensure children get the nutrition they need. Peanut butter is a terrific source of protein that children enjoy. We are tremendously grateful to the Ford Motor Company Fund for bringing this effort to New Hampshire.”
“When kids struggle with hunger, they struggle to learn,” said Marc Rogowski, Ford Motor Company’s New England Regional Manager. “The Ford Fund’s global mission of strengthening communities and improving lives extends to New Hampshire during the Ford Peanut Butter Drive as we continue to invest more than $12 million in New England for hunger relief, education, and veteran’s initiatives.”
The Ford Motor Company Fund has been fighting hunger with its national peanut butter drive, generating more than 180,000 pounds of peanut butter, which equates to more than 2.5 million high-protein, kid-friendly sandwiches. In 2015, the Fund committed $2 million over five years to address hunger insecurity, working with Feeding America food banks in New England. The Fund is also a proud partner of the Red Sox Foundation, helping to fund college scholarships to New England and New Hampshire students who demonstrate leadership through participating in community service programs, such as the Peanut Butter Drive.
The New Hampshire Peanut Butter Drive stands to make a major impact in the Granite State, where more than one in nine residents are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
The 2018 national Ford Peanut Butter Drive launched last month and will continue throughout New England this summer.
Support from the Peanut Butter Drive is essential as the need continues to grow in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Food Bank, which receives no state or federal funding for food distribution, delivers nutritious food to more than 425 partner agencies statewide, including food pantries, soup kitchens, afterschool programs, senior centers and other nonprofit feeding programs. During 2017, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributed 13.7 million pounds of food to its partners. This year, due to the growing demand, the New Hampshire Food Bank expects to distribute more than 14 million pounds of food
About Ford Motor Company Fund
Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund invests in transformational programs that advance innovation, empower people, promote social mobility and improve community prosperity. Ford Fund works with local and global partners to create opportunities in education, encourage safe driving, enlist employee volunteers and enrich community life. Ford Fund’s signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning and the Ford Volunteer Corps. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com, or join us on Facebook @FordFund and Twitter @FordFund
About the New Hampshire Food Bank
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984. The New Hampshire Food Bank receives no federal or state funding for food distribution. In 2017, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed 13.7 million pounds of food to people in need through more than 425 non-profit registered agencies. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs, and day care centers. For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit www.nhfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
For more information and to donate, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.