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Published in Foster’s Daily Democrat on Sunday, August 18, 2013Drive raises funds for End 68 Hours of Hunger By Crystal Weyernews@fosters.com Read article on line. DOVER — Food insecurity, or childhood hunger, is a real problem for some local children.For these children, Friday’s lunch marks the last time they may eat until they are in school again on Monday morning and are provided with a free breakfast due to his/her family’s economic need. However, that leaves a 68-hour window of potential hunger that has led one local effort to rise to the forefront in providing these at-risk children with meals to get them through the weekend.
End 68 Hours of Hunger is a not-for-profit program made up solely of volunteers who aim to end the 68 hours of hunger that some children experience each weekend.
Putting an end to food insecurity does more than just fill little bellies, it helps children become more successful students. According to End 68 Hours of Hunger’s website, teachers often notice that “children who are unlikely to have enough food at home become very edgy and are unable to concentrate.” Hunger can also lead to more illnesses and absences from class or hours spent in the nurse’s office.Food security lends itself to better learning and more time spent in the classroom.The program began feeding 19 children in October of 2011 and now feeds over 500 children from Alton, Barrington, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Milton, Somersworth, Portsmouth, and Rollinsford, to Eliot, Kittery, and York.Participating students receive a backpack full of food each Friday afternoon. Each bag contains seven meals: two breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, and some snacks. The cost per bag is roughly $10.
Relyco Sales Inc., a Dover printing and payment solutions company, chose End 68 Hours of Hunger as their “charity of choice” in 2012.
“We got involved through the school systems about 2½-3 years ago,” said Relyco CEO Mike Steinberg. “We have a charity committee in the office and we made donations to the children of the 68 Hour program. We got them Christmas gifts.”
Relyco began sponsoring the Back to School Food Drive last year.
“We all have kids and we want to make sure that they can have a good life and the same opportunities that everybody else has,” explained Steinberg.
The program runs yearlong, but back-to-school is a great time to hold the food drive and raise awareness. “People like to give. They want a good spot to put something in and this is a great organization,” said Steinberg.
The outcome of last year’s Back to School Food Drive was impressive. $5,000 worth of food and $2,791 in donations were gathered from the event. That totals over 770 backpacks full of food!
This year, although not Relyco’s “charity of choice,” the company once again sponsored this event. Relyco also collects monetary donations yearlong with a spare change bucket and office incentives. Employees can opt to dress-down on certain days during the week with a “Jeans for Charity” donation.
Some Relyco employees give money weekly directly from their paychecks. “As a company, we match whatever goes in,” said Steinberg.
This year there was also a 68-minute walk for hunger during the food drive. The $30 adult registration fee provided three children with bags of food and the $10 child registration fee fed one local child for an entire weekend.
End 68 Hours of Hunger hopes to begin serving several more towns this fall, including Nashua, New Durham, Salem, Northwood, Strafford, Concord, and Rye.
“Four things are required in order to start a program,” explained executive director Claire Bloom. “I need two local people who are willing to serve as program coordinators. I need a space to store and pack the food. And I need funding and school support.”
The Back to School Food Drive was held this Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Relyco’s corporate offices located at 121 Broadway and collected donations for Dover and Somersworth children.
The first donations were already rolling in at 8:58 a.m., before the official start of the event, and they kept coming all day long.
If you didn’t make it out on Saturday, End 68 Hours of Hunger is always accepting donations at their many drop-off “donation stations” in participating towns.
Nonperishable foods such as canned tuna, chicken, pasta, fruits, and soup, as well as cereal, granola bars, and plastic bottles of peanut butter and jelly are always needed. Additionally, 100% of every dollar donated to the program goes directly to purchasing food for children.
Later in the day, Steinberg said the event raised nearly $7,000 in food and cash donations.
For more information or to start a program in your own town, visit http://end68hoursofhunger.org.
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Exeter LIVE! is a new music series sponsored by town residents Tom & Peg Gaillard and hosted by Zev Yoga Studios. All concerts start at 6:30 PM.
Excited by the success of their initial concert, the Gaillards (Tom, software executive in Portsmouth and Peg a massage therapist in Exeter) and Jonas Zev, yoga studio co-owner, have decided to move forward and bring fresh, talented, new-to-the Seacoast artists and groups to Exeter every other month. As sponsors, the Gaillards will provide the funding for the talent, Zev Yoga Studios will provide the space and all suggested donations will go out each year to two local worthy non-profit agencies. Womenade of Greater Squamscott nd End 68 Hours of Hunger will be the beneficiaries of the remaining 2013 season.
Remaining concerts in the series for 2013:
7/7: Jeffrey Foucault
8/25: Poor Old Shine Band (outdoor show preceded by outside yoga class, Swasey Parkway, Exeter)
10/27: Kris Delmhorst
Jeffrey Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-schooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000.
THE NEW YORKER:
“Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest.”
THE IRISH TIMES:
“The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection…”
Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. He lives in Western Massachusetts
Poor Old Shine
From their handpainted cereal box cd cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, CT is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It’s foot stomping, mind racing, dirty, down home Americana. They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw, washboard, and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It’s old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.
The music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and sticky rock clubs alike. They have been compared favorably to The Band, John Prine, and Johnny Cash. Each set mixes the band’s original songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.
Poor Old Shine features Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (Mandolin), Harrison Goodale (Bass), and Brian Conlon (washboard and aux. percussion). Since forming at University Of Connecticut in 2011, Poor Old Shine has played to sellout crowds at some of the best venues in Southern New England including Infinity Music Hall (Norfolk, CT), Bridge Street Live (Collinsville, CT), Toads Place (New Haven, CT), and The Lizard Lounge (Cabridge, MA). They performed at the Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and voted fan favorite at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival (Norwich, CT).
Kris Delmhorst’s arresting new album Shotgun Singer began as an act of solitary creation. Holed up in a rural cabin with minimal recording gear and a houseful of instruments, Delmhorst recorded her new songs alone and off the clock, in late night sessions that yielded layers of intimate vocals combined with nylon string and electric guitars, cellos, keyboards, and percussion. She treated the work like oil painting, allowing the canvas to breathe and change over the course of many months until the picture emerged. With the core of each song patiently assembled, she brought in a diverse cast of players to add sparse backing lines of drums, keys, guitar, and vinyl-based samples, and then signed on co-producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter) in arrangement and mixing, enlisting him meanwhile to play keyboards and percussion on several songs. The result is collection of songs fully realized and even lush at times, but retaining a hushed intensity, a spirit of lo-fi intimacy and unhurried exploration.
With Shotgun Singer, Delmhorst has trained that voice on a series of gracefully open lyrics and figures that transcend genre, ranging into the borderlands between indie-rock and folk, that nameless territory inhabited by such hard-to-classify artists as Juana Molina, Feist, Iron & Wine, and Laura Veirs. Adventurous, elegant, lucid, and haunting, the record is the work of a musician at full stride who has found a musical language equal to her vision.