CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan announced that state employees from 18 different state agencies have completed a food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which resulted in donations of $11,211 and 7,192 food items combined.
“It is so important that we give back to our communities during the holiday season and throughout the year, and thanks to the generosity of New Hampshire’s state employees, the holidays will be a little brighter for hundreds of New Hampshire families,” Hassan said. “Too often, New Hampshire residents go to sleep hungry because they are forced to make an impossible choice between accessing medical care, paying their rent, heating their homes, or feeding their families. Through their support of the New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire’s dedicated public servants help us continue to make progress in the fight against food insecurity, improving lives by decreasing hunger. I want to thank all of the state employees and agencies, as well as the New Hampshire Food Bank, for their unyielding commitment to strengthening our families, our communities and our state.”
The food drive was initiated when employees from the Department of Revenue Administration prompted Commissioner John Beardmore to create a competition, in good fun, among state agencies to see which agency could collect the donations for the Food Bank this holiday season.
The other agencies and commissioners accepted the challenge, with the ultimate winner being the people of New Hampshire who are served by the Food Bank.
When all of the results were totaled, the Office of Energy and Planning won the agency challenge with a per capita rate of 45.11 items from their staff.
“This is truly an amazing amount of support and team work by all of the state departments and their employees who generously donated during their recent food drive. Working together with incredible partners like this is yet another way that together we can solve hunger,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank.