Intern working for town of Londonderry battles hunger with canned food drive
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | August 05. 2014 9:57PM
Danny Sullivan, a 2012 graduate of Londonderry High School, recently launched a townwide food drive. Sullivan, a longtime summer intern in the town’s finance office, plans to collect food for the N.H. Food Bank through August. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
But after learning of the New Hampshire Food Bank’s ongoing struggles, the 2012 Londonderry High School graduate decided to help some of his neighbors in need.
Sullivan, a junior pursuing a finance degree at the University of New Hampshire, said he learned about the food bank during a recent conversation with Catherine Blash, the town’s senior affairs director.
Not easily discouraged, Sullivan pitched a different plan — a canned food drive.
On July 28, collection bins were placed inside Londonderry Town Hall and the senior center, police station and Central Fire Station. The boxes will remain in place for the month of August. Sullivan said that community members as well as town employees are welcome to donate goods.
“I’m glad Danny had the good sense to do this,” Smith said Tuesday. “This is the kind of thing that can really bring a community together.”
“If you have little ones, you might want to start looking through your cabinets together, or maybe even take a trip to the grocery store together to pick out some items,” Farrell said. “Just imagine the difference our town can make with Danny’s help.”
“It all sort of clicked,” he said this week. “I’ve been coming back each summer ever since then.”
Food Bank’s needs
According to the Food Bank’s website, items such as canned fish and chicken, peanut butter, pasta, canned soups, canned or dried beans, rice, macaroni and cheese and jellies are the most in demand.
Donations can be dropped off at participating locations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.