This year has been a challenging one for many businesses, families, and individuals due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With statewide social distancing guidelines in place, TFMoran’s annual company holiday lunch for more than sixty 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 New Hampshire people in need.
On December 8th, Abby Sprackland from The New Hampshire Food Bank visited TFMoran’s Bedford office receiving a check from Dylan Cruess, TFMoran’s COO and Principal for $2,000. 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. Since the spread of COVID-19 there are approximately 1 in 7 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.
“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 December 9th, 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.
Gather is based in Portsmouth, NH 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.