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Durham Marketplace helps end hunger

Article published Mar 16, 2013

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DURHAM — Durham Marketplace partnered with End 68 Hours of Hunger just less than 2 months ago and has already sold 185 bags of groceries for the cause. End 68 Hours of Hunger is an all volunteer 501c3 organization that provides food to local schoolchildren who face nearly 68 hours of hunger between the free lunch they receive on Friday and the free breakfast on Monday.

“We wanted to find a way to source our food needs locally,” said Lindy Horton, Barrington Program Coodinator, “and a partnership with Durham Marketplace has been the ultimate solution.”

The bags are filled with the needed items and the customer can just pick one up and pay for it with their groceries. The food goes directly to a child that weekend. “Our customers love it.” Pam Shaw commented. “The regulars often buy one every time they come in.”

Article published Feb 11, 2013, Foster’s Daily Democrat

Cupcakes raise $5000 for End 68 Hours of Hunger

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DOVER — The sale of gemstone-topped cupcakes will help feed Seacoast children for weeks to come.

Last month, Jewelry Creations teamed up with Harvey’s Bakery to support End 68 Hours of Hunger.

On Thursday, they were able to successfully deliver a $5,000 check to the organization that helps to feed hungry children over the weekend, during the approximately 68 hours where they go without food from school-funded programs.

“It’s really unbelievable,” Helen Gouveia, a coordinator with the organization, said about the donation. “We could not do this without the support of businesses.”

Gouveia said last month’s “stuff-a-truck” event at Uno’s brought in close to $3,000 and they are planning their second fundraiser for next month, “Dancing for End 68 Hours of Hunger,” which will take place at Noble High School on March 2.

Linda Hagan, of Jewelry Creations, came up with the idea of selling cupcakes from Harvey’s topped with gemstones she purchased from countries in the Far East, such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand, for End 68 Hours of Hunger.
“I just thought, how is it even possible?” Hagan said of the amount of hungry children in the region. “Especially in this day and age?”

Another coordinator from End 68 Hours of Hunger, Susan LaPlante, said although the number of children fluctuates over the school year, they are feeding nearly 500 children each weekend.

Lauren Brydon, Jewelry Creations’ office administrative and marketing specialist, said both Jewelry Creations and Harvey’s Bakery set a goal to sell 400 cupcakes.

“And we sold 450,” she said.

Each cupcake cost $10, which is the amount of money it costs to feed one child over the weekend. With $5,000, the fundraiser helped feed children for 500 weekends.

Liberty Mutual purchased 100 cupcakes, the most of any other business in the area. Relyco purchased 40 cupcakes and Federal Savings Bank purchased 20 cupcakes.

Hagan said Ray Martineau, of Martineau Electric, bought 50 cupcakes and then donated them all back, meaning, he donated the $10 for each cupcake, but did not actually pick up any cupcakes.
Each sweet treat is topped with gemstones ranging from jades and amethysts to sapphires and citrines, making them a different and creative Valentine’s Day gift.

The cupcakes are available for pick up at Jewelry Creations from now until Feb. 14 for those who participated in the fundraiser.

Although orders are no longer being accepted, Hagan is already starting to think of new ideas for future fundraisers.

“I’ll think of something,” she said.

Seven year old Dover girl fundraises $470 for local charity

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Article published Dec 24, 2012

DOVER — Turning seven years old the day after Christmas, young Abby Simko has the needs of less fortunate children her age on her mind — rather than presents for herself.

On Sunday, Abby presented an envelope of money totaling $470 to Claire Bloom, executive director of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a local program aimed at ending food insecurity. They send school-aged children home with backpacks full of food and snacks each week through school systems.

Relyco, a company that supports the organization, also employs Abby’s father, Christian, who brainstormed with his daughter about doing something for others this holiday season. They decided to help children combat hunger.

“You’re amazing, I have to tell you. You are amazing,” Bloom told Abby, of Stratham, when she arrived.

Abby, who was dressed up to see Santa with her parents later in the day, said she loves snacks and that’s part of the reason she never wants other children to go without.

The backpacks are filled with granola bars, Pop Tarts, cereal, crackers, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of food items to help get children who might receive food assistance during the week at their schools, but have no support in the 68 hours over the weekends.
All efforts by the group are completed by volunteers and 100 percent of donations go toward the purchase of food for the children.

End 68 Hours of Hunger assists 10 communities now, Bloom said, and wants to expand.


Portsmouth Program Needs $20K


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By Joey Cresta
January 23, 2013 2:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH — For a portion of the city’s school population, there is always the risk of going hungry over the weekend. For them, End 68 Hours of Hunger has an answer.End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit organization leading a national initiative to confront the 68 hours that some schoolchildren experience between the free lunch they receive in school Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive in school Monday morning.In Portsmouth, free and reduced lunch program participation has risen each of the past few years and was about 24 percent last year, according to figures kept by the N.H. Department of Education.

Jen Berry, Portsmouth coordinator for End 68 Hours of Hunger, said she was surprised that there was such a great need for food assistance in the city when she started a “Backpack Ministry” at the First United Methodist Church a few years ago.”I think people are as surprised as I was, originally, that there’s such a need in Portsmouth,” she said. “I think people tend to think about the money that’s in Portsmouth and think of it as a wealthy seaside community, but the need is there. It’s just wonderful that we can help.”Berry said the program began by helping out a small number of students at the middle school. Then, it expanded to two of the elementary schools and provided 55 bags of nonperishable food items students could bring home on weekends.

Last year, the church sent home 87 bags per week.Now, as the Backpack Ministry has transitioned into an arm of End 68 Hours of Hunger, it sends home 97 bags of food every week for students from the three elementary schools, Portsmouth Middle School and Robert J. Lister Academy, according to Berry.As the program grew over the years, fund raising became more of a challenge, Berry said. That is where City Councilor Nancy Novelline Clayburgh and Nancy London, the wife of City Manager John Bohenko, stepped in. Clayburgh said they sent out hundreds of letters and e-mails soliciting donations for the program.”The response has just been extraordinary, from small donations of $5 or $10, to a couple $1,000 donations” from Medtronix and Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Clayburgh said. “We got some very generous donations from individuals who heard about the program. It’s just been a wonderful response.”Clayburgh said it is the kind of story that “pulls at your heartstrings,” hearing that a child might not have a quality meal between leaving school on Friday and returning on Monday. She said she thinks that is why the program has been able to collect $13,000 in donations so far.

The goal is to raise $20,000. Clayburgh said that should be enough to fund the program for the rest of this year and give it some “startup money” for next fall. She said she is confident the community will respond and help them get the rest of the way to their goal.”It’s made a significant difference,” Berry said. “It really has definitely affected our ability to raise money. Last year, we had maybe two weeks of funding in the bank. This year, we’re doing much better than that.”Berry said she has heard from parents who have said End 68 Hours of Hunger has helped take a heavy burden off of them as they struggle with finances. One woman who asked not to be identified said she used to donate to programs like this, but now finds herself in need after financial worries started following a divorce.”I am humbled by the generosity that I’ve experienced,” she said.How to Help

Donors to End 68 Hours of Hunger can help feed one Portsmouth student for a year for a donation of $400; a donation of $40 will provide food for a student for a month. To donate, make checks payable to End 68 Hours of Hunger – Portsmouth and mail them to End 68 Hours of Hunger, c/o Jennifer Berry, 27 Washington Drive, Brentwood, NH 03833.


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