Bedford, NH – With statewide social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, TFMoran’s annual company holiday lunch for more than 60 employees was unable to take place. Instead, TFMoran’s principals donated what would have been the cost of the holiday lunch to local food banks. It is estimated that this contribution will provide approximately 6,000 meals in total to people in need in New Hampshire.
On Dec. 8, Abby Sprackland from The New Hampshire Food Bank visited TFMoran’s Bedford office, receiving a $2,000 check from Dylan Cruess, TFMoran’s COO and principal.
“We are grateful to TFMoran for their generous donation which will help to provide approximately 4,000 meals this holiday season,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director, New Hampshire Food Bank. “The pandemic has brought on many unprecedented challenges for our neighbors this past year. No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially around the holidays.”
On Dec. 9, TFMoran’s Portsmouth office staff and its division manager and principal, Corey Colwell, presented a $1,000 check to the seacoast food pantry, Gather. On behalf of Gather, Seneca Adam Bernard, associate executive director, and Arthur Cousins, pantry/warehouse manager, accepted the donation.
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 procures and distributes food through more than 400 non-profit registered agencies including food pantries, low-income housing sites, family crisis centers, soup kitchens, senior nutrition centers and emergency shelters.
Gather is based in Portsmouth and serves all ages in the Greater NH Seacoast region including Rockingham and Strafford Counties. Gather’s mission is to make the Greater Seacoast a hunger-free community by distribute nourishing food to people who do not have enough to eat; take a leadership role in building an equitable and sustainable regional food system; and galvanize public support for ending hunger.
Gather is also the Seacoast’s only preventative health-focused food pantry, meeting the hunger needs of this community through the provision of fresh healthy food.
Since the spread of COVID-19, there are approximately one in seven men, women and children in New Hampshire who are food insecure, a projected 55,500 additional people and in total more than 181,090 across the state, a 69% increase.