NELA Plans Non-perishable Food Drive in Manchester, NH

NELA Executive Board and NELA Conference Committee 2008 are planning a non-perishable food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, but we can’t do it without your help.

While you are preparing to pack for the Annual Conference, please consider setting aside some room in your suitcase for one or two non-perishable food items.

Urgently Needed Items

  • Protein items such as canned tuna or chicken and canned stews
  • Peanut butter
  • 100% juice boxes (no glass please)
  • Canned fruits in light syrup, applesauce
  • Canned vegetables, tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Soups
  • Healthy cereals
  • Pasta, rice
  • Dry beans

Donations may be left in the Conference Exhibit Hall. Arrangements are being made for Tuesday afternoon pick-up. Let’s work together to fill this Food pantry!

Also, the New Hampshire Electric Co-op has issued a financial Food Bank Challenge. Until October 31, 2008, they will match dollar for dollar all of the money raised through their Foundation. For more information on monetary donation, read the Food Bank Challenge website.

And since food pantries all across New England are in need of re-stocking, we have attached two different bookmark templates that you could use (and edit) to promote a food drive in your library for your local food pantry.

Hopefully attached you will find a Food for Fines week generic bookmark, which you would use for libraries that are waiving fines for food donations. Or a simple Food Drive bookmark, which you would use for a specific week, or perhaps a specific Library program (with some editing).

Thank you for your assistance in the effort to bring relief and aid to those much in need.

~NELA Executive Board and NELA Conference Committee 2008.