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End 68 Hours of Hunger needs your help to secure a new site

October 22, 2020
WOLFEBORO — The local Chapter of End 68 Hours of Hunger provides food for children at risk of food insecurity by providing 180 youngsters with bags of food each week; increasing from 18 students when the program began seven years ago.

Throughout these challenging times, there has been a silver lining as the effort put forth by so many constituents has made a significant difference to the students in our communities. As we begin our Seventh Year of providing weekend food to the young children of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (GWRSD) we look back with awe at how far we have progressed with the unflagging support we have received financially, administratively and through the volunteer efforts of so many individuals within our communities. Financial donations earmarked to purchase food combined with Huggins Hospital and Brewster Academy's provision of our distribution sites, the hard work of the GWSRD's transportation department and members of the GWRSD staff, and our Chapter's Board and community volunteers allowed us to expand our program through the summer, going beyond the school calendar. As a result of such support and the collaborative work with others, nearly 4,000 bags of food were distributed between Mid-March and October 13th despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

On behalf of our Chapter of End 68 Hours of Hunger, we extend our gratitude for the generosity of so many individuals, charitable foundations and businesses over the last year. However, we need help. The distribution location where we work and store our food supply, has been inconsistent and insecure; resulting in having to move the food supplies to new locations five times over the last 14 months. Most recently we moved from working out of a household garage to a classroom at the All Saints Episcopal Church and we are so grateful to Pastor Bill Petersen and the congregation for their hospitality of the temporary location. However, we have begun researching possibilities with the aim to secure a permanent location over the next year or two.

100% of the funds raised from donations and fundraisers are for the purchase of food for preschool through grade 6 children. The money raised cannot be used to fund administrative needs such as a permanent facility in which to work and house our food supply.

Our goal is to obtain the financial support for costs of property to rent or purchase and the operational costs of a new location.

The financial support we have received over the years demonstrates the commitment members of our communities have to the well-being of the children; to ensure that the mission of our Chapter is met is humbling. It is our hope that such support will be afforded to our Chapter, so we are able to meet our administrative goals and strengthen our work for the children.

If you have any suggestions that will assist us in achieving this goal, please contact one of our program coordinators at the following email address or by sending a note to our post office box number 1026 Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896. We thank you in advance for your care in assisting us in finding a permanent space from which to carry out our work of supporting children at risk of food insecurity.

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