Monday, January 11, 2010

Would anyone like to help me host a food drive?


December 28, 2009 CONTACT: Jen Greer


CONCORD, NH – In an effort to carry the spirit of goodwill into the new year, Volunteer NH announces the statewide Martin Luther King Food Drive which will run from December 28, 2009, through January 15, 2010. Food collected during this time will follow the holiday seasonal food drives and help replenish dwindling supplies at local pantries throughout the state.

The MLK Food Drive is one of hundreds of activities that cities and states throughout the country are organizing to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service. This initiative is a partnership among Volunteer NH, United Ways of NH, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and local organizations and businesses that are hosting food collection sites.

Food assistance donation programs are facing increased demand and pressure as more people seek help during the holidays and year-round. During its first year of operation, 2-1-1 NH, the statewide information and referral service, fielded 987 calls related to food assistance. Food was the most-often searched subject on from June 2008 to June 2009.

“The needs of New Hampshire citizens have increased and unfortunately donations to food pantries have declined,” said Volunteer NH’s Executive Director Tim Dupre. “The Martin Luther King Food Drive offers an opportunity for New Hampshire’s strong volunteer base and compassionate citizens to overcome this challenge and combat hunger in the Granite State.” With over 60,000 people seeking food assistance in New Hampshire each year, it is clear that hunger doesn’t stop after the holidays.

Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the tradition of service in New Hampshire. Building on that strong volunteer spirit, Volunteer NH supports and sponsors national service initiatives and provides training, recognition, and a central site for volunteers and volunteer programs to help them strengthen their communities.

For information regarding the food drive and collection locations, please contact Kara Swedlow by phone at 603-271-7211, by email at; online at

Miss NH Fashion Show and VEGAS

The other night we were graced by the presence of Miss NH 2009 Lindsey! We were able to view her wardrobe and wish her luck at Miss America. She has a lot of great dresses and I can't wait to see her on stage! I leave for Vegas on the 23rd with my sister. We are ready to have a fun time! If you are going make sure you check out Regalia, Togate, and Kriss Cosmetics at the Trade Show!

Final Tally!

I have some very exciting news! This year I have won the most amount of scholarships I've ever won in a year. I have totaled $8,533.00 in four local competitions!
Miss Greater Derry $2,700 (2nd Runner-Up and Community Service winner)
Miss Winni and W. Beach: $700 (1st Runner-up)
Miss Rockingham County $2,533 (1st Runner-up, Talent winner, Interview tie, Community Service Award, & Peoples Choice Award.
Miss Manchester $2,600 WINNER and Interview award

Thank you to: Danielle and Gary, Tina and Gary, Paula and crew, and Debbie! You have made this year a little bit easier financially because I graduated and loan payments started this month it has been hard.