The new “Squash Hunger” truck, which is one of two refrigerated food distribution trucks supported by Citizens funding, features a newly designed wrap highlighted by an image of a squash with the tag line “Squash Hunger.” The Citizens truck donation was part of Hunger Action Month, a month-long campaign aimed at raising awareness for the 7% of New Hampshire residents—including 9.5% of children—who are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from.
“Citizens has been a tremendous supporter of the New Hampshire Food Bank for years and we are incredibly grateful for this new truck, which will have a major positive impact on our efforts to reliably distribute nutritious food to our more than 400 partner agencies across the state,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “This donation comes at a critical time when the need continues to grow.
“This crucial support helps us fight back on hunger, getting us closer to our goal of eliminating hunger in the Granite State.”
The New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens unveiled the new delivery truck during a special event at the Food Bank in Manchester. Along with supporting statewide food distribution, the new truck enhances the New Hampshire Food Bank’s capacity to hold mobile food pantries in remote locations around the state in response to local need.
“It’s quite sobering to think that nearly 95,000 people face hunger in the Granite State which means while we realize it or not, we all know someone facing food insecurity,” said Joe Carelli, president of Citizens NH. “Citizens is committed to partnering with organizations like the NH Food Bank that work hard to make a difference for residents who need a helping hand.”