Citizens Bank Foundation gives new truck to Food BankBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
June 12. 2015 8:30PM
MANCHESTER — As executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, Mel Gosselin has witnessed a variety of donations dropped off, but none quite as big as what backed up to a loading dock on East Industrial Drive on Friday.
The Citizens Bank Foundation donated a new 26-foot refrigerated box truck to the state’s Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH, during a brief noontime ceremony that also marked the conclusion of the Nothing campaign. Along with receiving the truck, Gosselin announced that this year’s Nothing campaign raised more than $86,261 to date, through the sale of 16,606 Nothing cans, to support New Hampshire residents.
“One in nine New Hampshire residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” Gosselin said. “We are extraordinarily grateful to the Citizens Bank Foundation, participating grocers and the people of New Hampshire for their support of the NH Food Bank’s efforts to eliminate hunger in the Granite State. On top of the support for the Nothing campaign, we are thrilled to receive this new box truck to bolster our statewide distribution capabilities. This generous donation will help the NH Food Bank save considerable money on repairs and operations, while more efficiently serving those in need.”
Throughout May, cans of “Nothing” were sold at 68 participating stores across the state for $5 at 68 participating grocers, including all Hannaford, Harvest Market, and Market Basket locations in the Granite State, with all proceeds going to the Food Bank to buy meals for the hungry.
The Citizens Bank Foundation operated as the sole underwriter of this year’s Nothing campaign. Bruce Van Saun, chairman and chief executive officer of Citizens Financial Group, was on hand to donate the truck, along with Joseph Carelli, president of Citizens Bank New Hampshire and Vermont, Gosselin, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, Citizens Bank employees, and local and state dignitaries.
“I think a bank has an important responsibility to work for the benefit of the community,” Van Saun said. “This is a great partnership for us and really has great reach in terms of providing food for those that really need it.”
“Our partnership with the New Hampshire Food Bank is important to us because it allows us to have a direct impact on the community,” Carelli said.
The new refrigerated truck can transport more than 10,000 pounds of food per trip. The Food Bank currently has a fleet of four distribution vehicles supplying more than 400 partner agencies.
“We took a tour of the Food Bank earlier, and I’ve never seen the shelves as bare as they are right now,” Gatsas said. “The food needs to be in here before this great new truck can deliver it. I hope the citizens of Manchester will help donate the money and food needed to fill it again.”