The following message was posted in local media in January:

 

The Goffstown Network is a community food pantry serving families in Goffstown, Dunbarton and New Boston; with another successful holiday season in the books, we have many we would like to thank.  First up are the Boy, Girl and Cub Scout Troops and Packs from the area who participated in the November Boy Scouts of America “Scouting for Food” drive. Thanks to them, the adult volunteers who supervise them, and the contributions of a generous community, this year’s collection was very successful.

 

Just before Thanksgiving, the local schools helped us

by conducting food drives, as they do every year. Thanks to theadministrators, faculty, staff, and especially to the students and their families, of Glen Lake School,

Bartlett and Maple Ave Elementary Schools, and

Mountain View Middle School,

for their generous contribution.                                                                                                                                                                    MVMS Students with collected food       

 

 

Our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket programs took place at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.          

For each program, members of the community come

out on the Friday evening before the holiday to help us pack holiday boxes. The following day, Saturday morning, many more volunteers come in to help us distribute the boxes and turkeys to our clients.   

 

                   Volunteers pack boxes for the Thanksgiving program

 

 

 In December, the Goffstown High School community held their annual food drive on our behalf. On Friday, the 18th, they held a school-wide assembly, during which all the food and money collected was gathered and presented to us. I would like to say thanks to everyone at Goffstown High School: the administration, faculty and staff, especially the students and their families. A special thanks to Ms. McKinnon, Mr. Fitzpatrick and the members of the Student Council. After the assembly, we loaded the food onto a truck and took it to the basement of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The Student Council joined us there to sort and count the food items, to prepare them to be packed in boxes that evening. We’d also like to thank the members of the GHS Boys Hockey Team, for helping us move supplies from out pantry location to St. Lawrence, and to help us set the hall up. 

 

        Members of the GHS Student Council and Faculty Advisors prepare to sort food for Christmas

    

  In addition to those already mentioned, there are a few people, businesses and organizations to whom I want to say thanks: Dan and Lea Devriendt of Devriendt Farms; Alan Brown and Family; John Bilodeau, Sheryl Gurley and all the people at Sully’s Superette; Carl Provencher and the employees at Hannaford’s; the Rev. Gerard L. Bertin, Paul Nault and the St. Lawrence Parish Community; the Rev. William Exner and the parishioners at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church; Roz and Gerry Spiller; Bill and Sue Babine; Anheuser Busch; the Goffstown Lions Club; Cumberland Farms; Clark Insurance; Granite State Plumbing and Heating; Steve and Julie Grandgeorge; Eugene Piana. I can’t possibly name all the people, family and friends who have volunteered for or donated to our organization throughout the year; all of these contributions, large and small, mean so much to us and to our clients.

    In addition to what they do for us all year, many of the eighty-plus volunteers at Network pitched in to help out during the holidays. I also want to say thanks to the leaders of Network: Secretary Barb Herman, Vice-President and lead purchaser Roger Fortier; Treasurer Mark Sullivan; Volunteer Coordinators Suzanne Sackett and Kathy Duncklee; Special Projects Coordinator Dallas Lavigne and her husband Ron, Holiday Program Coordinator Julie Greiner, data and statistics managers Kristin Shaw and Karen Campagna, and purchasers Jeff and Joan Alayne Stevens, Dick Woods, Phil Hastings, Alice Belanger and Eric Woudenberg. Thanks to them and their many contributions throughout the year, it’s been another successful one for us.

     Our organization is truly blessed to be a part of such a generous community. The food we have received will help us through the winter, but the need remains year round. Please don’t forget us during the warmer months, when our supply slows to a trickle. For more information on the Goffstown Network, including how to volunteer or make a contribution, please visit our website, www.goffstownnetwork.org, or call at 497-3433.


David Greiner, President

Goffstown Network 

 

Local Food Drives Help Restore Supplies 

In November a couple local food drives conducted on our behalf helped restore our food supplies. Food supplies at the pantry tend to peak just around the holiday period, and then gradually decline during the year, until the next holiday period. Late summer and early auntumn tend to be our most difficult time, so these drives are most welcome.

On November 14th, local scouting organizations participated in the annual "Scouting for Food" can drive. This drive has been extremely productive for us for several years now, and we couldn't be happier. When you combine the generosity of our community with the hard work of the scouts and their leaders, the results are bound to be good, and this year was no exception.The scouts were able to collect 3533 food items during the drive. In the photo above are several scouts and leaders in the pantry sorting area in the basement of St. Matthew's Church, with just some of the food they were able to collect. A huge thanks to the scouts and to the members of our community who contributed to this drive. 

 As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, Mountain View Middle School, Maple Ave and Bartlett Elementary and Glen Lake School all held food drives to benefit Network. Each year these drives are crucial to helping us get through the holiday season and to set us up for the busy winter. The schools really came through again this year, collecting huge amounts of food. We are so thankful to the administration, faculty, staff, the students and their families for taking this on and for their generosity. They are making the holidays happier for a lot of people in our community. Pictured above are students and staff from Mountain View Middle School with some of the food they collected. Great job!           

  



 

Goffstown Network Holds Annual Meeting in June

On Tuesday evening, June 2nd, the Goffstown Network held their Annual Meeting in the basement of St. Matthew's Church.  In addition to a presentation of the highlights of the 2014-2015 President's Report and Annual Financial Report, officers were elected and awards presented.  Serving another year are President Dave Greiner, and Vice-President Roger Fortier. Moving from Treasurer to Secretary is Barbara Herman, and joining the Board as Treasurer is Network volunteer Mark Sullivan. The Board would like to thank Jean Mazzarella for her service as Secretary the past year.  We thank all those who took the time to join us at the meeting for their support of our organization.

Awards

Each year it is our pleasure to recognize and thank members of our community and volunteers with three awards.  In the photo at right are long-time volunteers John and Aline Perrault, recipients of the Jack Kilmarten Award for Volunteering Excellence. John and Aline have been volunteering for Network for many years.  Both are regular monthly volunteers at the pantry. In addition, both participate annually in our holiday programs, and drive a route for us during the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Both also were regular participants in our monthly trips to the NH Food Bank as volunteers. Thank you John and Aline, for your hard work and tireless support for Network.

This year the recipient of the Lloyd Green Humanity Achievement Award is The Goffstown Public Library. The Library was honored for their collaberation with and contribtions to Network, and for their innovative approach to providing Library service to all in our community. Diane and Sandy and all the Library staff are constantly searching for new and different opportunities to serve the public, and have done a great job integrating technology into the Library's offerings. Most recently the Library has assisted Network with our Grow a Row program, providing publicity, as well as helping collect produce donated through the program.

Last, but by no means least, the recipients of this year's Roger Sarette Award for Youth Volunteer Service were Sarah and Becky Begin.  Pictured in the photo at right, Sarah and Becky have been volunteering at the pantry with their Mom, Jeanette, for over four years. In presenting this award, we look for youth volunteers who really put their heart into their work, and Sarah and Becky definitely fit the bill. In addition, both ladies are popular with other volunteers for the spirit and individualism they bring to volunteering. We look forward to having these two terrific volunteers around the pantry for many more years.
 



 
 
 
Rotary Club to the Rescue
 
 

  

On Saturday morning, February 14th members of the Goffstown Rotary Club set up outside Hannaford's Supermarket in Goffstown to collect food on behalf of The Goffstown Network Food Pantry.  Pictured above are members of the group unloading some of the food at the Pantry location at St. Matthew's Church, with some of the food they were able to collect. We were forcasted to receive another one of our many snowstorms the next day, so that Saturday was a busy one at Hannaford's. The customers were very generous, as we have come to expect from local residents. 

 
 


 
 
Posting in Local Media in January
 
The following was posted in Local media in January of 2015
 
  The Goffstown Network is a community food pantry serving families in Goffstown, Dunbarton and New Boston; we have so many we would like to thank.   First up are the Boy, Girl and Cub Scout Troops and Packs from the area who participated in the November Boy Scouts of America “Scouting for Food” drive.  Thanks to them, the adult volunteers who supervise them, and the contributions of a generous community, this year’s collection was enormous as usual. 
 
Just before Thanksgiving, the local schools helped us further by conducting their own food drives, as they do every year.  Thanks to all the administrators, faculty, staff, and especially to the students and their families, of Glen Lake School, Bartlett and Maple Ave Elementary
 Schools, and Mountain View Middle School, for their generous contribution.
     Our annual Thanksgiving Food Basket program took place at the Masonic Hall in Goffstown; the Christmas program at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. For each program, members of the community come out on the Friday evening before the holiday to help us pack holiday boxes.  The following day, Saturday morning, many more volunteers come in to help as we distribute the boxes and turkeys to our clients.   
     In December, the Goffstown High School community held their annual food drive on our behalf.  All four classes compete to see which can collect the most food.  On Friday, the 19th, they held a school-wide assembly, during which all the food and money collected was gathered and presented to us.  I would like to say thanks to everyone at Goffstown High School: the administration, faculty and staff, especially the students and, again, their families.  A special thanks to Ms. McKinnon, Mr. Fitzpatrick and the members of the Student Council, pictured above.  After the assembly, we loaded the food onto a truck and took it to the basement of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  The Student Council joined us there to tally and sort the food items, to prepare them to be packed in boxes that evening. 
   We’d also like to put a shout out to the members of the GHS Hockey Team, pictured below, for helping us move supplies from out pantry location to St. Lawrence, and to help us set the hall up.
     In addition to those already mentioned, there are a few people, businesses and organizations to whom I want to say thanks: Dan and Lea Devriendt of Devriendt Farms; Alan Brown and Family; John Bilodeau, Sheryl Gurley and all the people at Sully’s Superette; Suzanne Riel and the employees at Hannaford’s; the Rev. Gerard L. Bertin, Paul Nault and the St. Lawrence Parish Community; the Rev. William Exner and the parishioners at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church; Frank Tibbetts and the Masons; Roz and Gerry Spiller; Guy and Maureen Camire; Bill and Sue Babine; Anheuser Busch; the Goffstown Lions Club; the Pinardville Lions Club;  Cumberland Farms.  I can’t possibly name all the people, family and friends who have donated to our organization throughout the year; all of these contributions, large and small, mean so much to us and to our clients.
    In addition to what they do for us all year, many of the seventy-plus volunteers at Network pitched in to help out during the holidays.  I also want to say thanks to the leaders of Network: Treasurer Barb Herman, Vice-President and lead purchaser Roger Fortier; Secretary Jean Mazzarella; Volunteer Coordinators Becky Barlow and Kathy Duncklee; Special Projects Coordinator Dallas Lavigne and her husband Ron, Holiday Program Coordinator Julie Greiner, data and statistics manager Kristin Shaw, and purchasers Jeff and Joan Alayne Stevens, Dick Woods, Phil Hastings, and Alice Belanger.  Thanks to them and their many contributions throughout the year, it’s been another successful one for us.

    
                                            Volunteers at the Thanksgiving Sort
 
Our organization is truly blessed to be a part of such a generous community.  The food we have received will help us through the winter, but the need remains year round.  Please don’t forget us during the warmer months, when our supply slows to a trickle.  For more information on the Goffstown Network, including how to volunteer or make a contribution, please visit our website, www.goffstownnetwork.org, or call at 497-3433.

David Greiner, President
Goffstown Network
 


 

 

Girl Power!!!

 
 
 
 
Or is it youth power?  One thing that never ceases to amaze us at The Goffstown Network is the thoughtful actions of the younger members of our community.  Pictured above helping to sort food at the pantry are sisters Samantha and SophiaFor their birthday this year, these incredible young ladies decided to forgo gifts and instead use the occasion to collect food for the pantry.  We live on donations large and small, and it's actions like these, by such generous members of our community, that keep us going.  Nice going ladies, and thank you!
 
 
This Year's "Scouting for Food" Drive The Best Ever!
 
The results are in, and they are fantastic!  This year's Scouting For Food
drive was the best ever.                        
Pictured in the photo at right is just aportion of this year's haul.                 
 
 
 
Part of a nation-wide drive held on Saturday, November 9th, Troop 99 and Crew 99 in Goffstown, and Troop 123 from New Boston participated locally.  The amazing results point not only to the hard work and dedication of the scouts and their advisors, but to the generosity of our community.  The Goffstown Network Food Pantry thanks them all!
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members of Troop 99, Crew 99                             Members of Troop 123 and advisors
and advisors
 
 


 

New Morning School Students Do it Again!

 

The New Morning School owner, faculty, students and their families have done it again!  As the school year was winding down, they conducted their annual bike/jog-a-thon, during which kids run, scoot, bike or hop laps around a track to earn support for charities.  In the past they have supported organizations like Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Make a Wish Foundation, Easter Seals, and the Animal Rescue League, but this year they wanted to support local causes.  The hard working and persistent students and their generous families raised over $500 for the Goffstown Network. 

      

 

 

 

Lucy Exner and PJ Casey piling up the miles

                                                                                            Ben Morris does his part

 

But, incredible as that is, it's not all!  They raised an additional $500 for the Our Promise To Nicholas Foundation.  Our Promise to Nicholas promotes awareness and raises funds in the battle against Batten Disease, a genetic disease which attacks the brain and nervous system of those aflicted, ususally results in death between the ages of 8 and 12, and for which there is no effective treatment or cure.  Nicholas is a young man from Bedford with Batten; his family created the foundation after learning of his diagnosis.  This is a great cause, and we want to praise and thank all those involved for what they have done on behalf of both organizations.  Incredible!  

Flynn Cohen on his scooter


   

 

Students cheer participants on                                                                                                                              

  

 

 

     Sienna Correia, Scott Connors and                       

     Brady McCann

 

 

 

 



Youth Come Through for Network

This past year we had two pairs of sisters work to raise food and money on behalf of Network.

 In the photo above, Grace and Olivia Odell, left and second from right, used the ocasion of a birthday to gather food for our pantry.  In lieu of gifts, they asked instead for food contributions to the pantry!  We like what the girls have written on the donation box:  End Hunger Now!

 

During the most recent Pumpkin Fest in Goffstown, Isabella and Rylie Saunders, pictured above, talked their Mom into helping them hold a fund raiser for Network.  The girls devised a bean-bag toss game using bean-bags shaped like food items!  We think this was an outrageously inventive idea!  Not only that, but they raised $80 for Network!  We can't thank these girls, the Odells and the Saunders, enough for what they have done.  They set an example for all of us!



 
  New Hampshire Food Bank Moves to New Location

The NH Food Bank has moved from it's old location at W. Brook St. in Manchester, to a new, much larger facility located at 700 E. Industrial Park Dr. in Manchester.   While still a work in progress, when finished officials at the NH Food Bank believe it will help them serve the state even better than before.  This is good news for organizations like ours, as we obtain roughly 3/4 of our food from the food bank.  Goffstown Network enjoys the help of 6 volunteer food purchasers to make trips several times per week.  Pictured below are pantry shopper Roger Fortier with NH Food Bank employees Connie Miville and Debra Learnard.