Power of Produce at Canaan Farmers and Artisans' Market

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POP Clubs Help Kids Learn About and Eat Local Produce

As part of our Friends Feeding Friends program, we like to share news about local food opportunities. Kids can get a taste of local fruits and vegetables this summer—plus their very own money to spend on fresh, local produce—with the new Power of Produce (POP) Club, happening every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm right at the Canaan Farmers and Artisans' Market June 24th through August 12th!

Power of Produce Clubs are simple, fun, and free. Children sign up at the POP table and start the day’s activity—a farm stand scavenger hunt, a vegetable quiz, an art project, or another produce-related activity. Once they complete the activity, they return to the POP table to receive their POP Bucks: $3 tokens just for kids to spend on local fruits and vegetables here at the farm stand. Kids ages 4-12 can participate once or all summer.

So tell your family and friends, bring your kids, and get a taste for POP! They just might start shopping for their own vegetables. Every Sunday this summer from 10 am to 2 pm.

Vital Communities is supporting the POP Clubs this summer, as well as 13 other POP Clubs across the Upper Valley with funding from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, HNH Foundation, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Thank You for Supporting NH Gives!

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Together, we did it! During the official NH Gives 24-hour period of giving (6 pm on 6/6 until 6 pm on 6/7) a whopping 180 unique donors gave Friends of Mascoma a total of $20,255. An additional five donors and four prizes helped bring our overall total to $22,370!

We thank you for your outpouring of support! Our nerves are finally settling down after the past 24 hours of excitement, this was the biggest fundraising rally we have ever experienced. Your donations to our scholarship fund, time spent bugging friends and family to donate, and words of encouragement were truly amazing.

Guess what else? In addition to the many generous donations, we won four prizes:

  • $250 Most Raised - 9 pm to 10 am
  • $250 Regional Prize - Upper Valley - Most Raised - 6 pm to 3 pm
  • $500 Top 10 - Most Raised - 6 pm to 6 am
  • $1,000 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Power of Many - Most Raised from 6 pm to 6 pm

We also technically had the most donors overall and if you scroll to the bottom of this email, you will see a snapshot of the leader board that shows our ranking.

NH Gives was not only a success for us, it was a success for nonprofits throughout New Hampshire. From 6 pm yesterday to 6 pm today 252 nonprofits benefited from 3,787 donors who gave $407,130.70. What a day!

Thank you again for your tremendous support!

Holly, Kate, Carol, Liz, Matt, Beth, Andrew, and Theresa
The Friends of Mascoma Board of Directors

The New Hampshire Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry is Visiting us on June 2

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Our wonderful partners, the New Hampshire Food Bank will bring their Mobile Food Pantry to the Mascoma Valley on Saturday, June 2, at 11:00 AM.   Food will be given away First Come, First Serve.  

We will be located at the lower left parking Lot at the MVRHS.  In case of extreme weather look for us in the High School Cafeteria.

No ID required or registration.  Bring a cloth bag if there is any produce available.

Need more info:  Call our Hotline:  802-276-0189 or email: food@friendsofmascoma.org

Want to volunteer?  Please come at 10:00 AM to help the Food Bank set up and distribute.

 

NH Gives Fundraising & Unselfie Challenge

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NH Gives is almost here and we are super excited! Last year we raised over $16,000 for our scholarship fund during NH Gives and we hope to do the same this year. In order to be as successful as last year, we need your help!

Here are some easy ways that you can help:

  • Sign up to be a fundraising champion. Go to our NH Gives profile, click the "Fundraise" button, and follow the prompts to set up your fundraising profile. First fundraising champion to raise $1,000 wins a Friends of Mascoma t-shirt!
  • Participate in the unselfie challenge on Facebook. Download the PDF sign, print it and write why you are supporting Friends of Mascoma, and post it to our Facebook page with the hashtags #unselfie #nhgives and #friendsofmascoma.
  • Ask five of your friends and family members to donate $5 to Friends of Mascoma.
  • Tell everyone you know about NH Gives and the great local nonprofits who are participating.

Want more information? Email info@friendsofmascoma.org. Thank you in advance for your support!

Snacks for Schools Drive Collects 286 Pounds!

Many thanks to Twin State (NH/VT) Positivity Club and Volunteer Flash Mob for organizing the Snack for Schools Food Drive. The Drive brought in a wide variety of single-serving, non-perishable snacks in all shapes, sizes, and forms and even utensils. We also received much appreciated monetary donations and reusable bags.

Thank you to Jessica Bishop Grace, Tim Lenihan, Amity Alize, Bridget Labrie, Canaan Hardware, Canaan House of PizzaCommunity Lutheran Church, Enfield House of Pizza, Family Pharmacy, Raq on Dance and everyone who contributed, shared news about our drive, and transported items and organized. Special thanks Lana Evans for keeping tally for us throughout the month!

Teachers and staff offer these snacks to fuel our young learners in all four schools throughout the day so they may focus on their studies. While this Drive is over, snacks and other donations are always needed and appreciated any time of the year. We are sharing a list of ideas for single-serving snacks in case you are looking for inspiration. Snacks of all sizes are welcomed; the single-serving ones are geared for easy distribution and often sent to the schools.

Interested in hosting a Food Drive through your organization or for a special occasion like a birthday? E-mail us at food@friendsofmascoma.org

Seasons of Growth Tapestry Hanging & Student Art Display

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April 5th was a blustery and cold day, but that did not discourage a good crowd from attending the Seasons of Growth tapestry hanging and student art display! Becky Powell, Chris Morse, and Dave Shinnlinger shared details on how they worked with the students to help the tapestry come to life: from building the loom, to creating the artwork that inspired the design, to weaving. It was truly a community project and we thank everyone who helped along the way. To see more photos please visit us on Facebook.

NH Gives to Benefit the Scholarship Fund

Friends of Mascoma Foundation and other local nonprofits are participating in NH Gives again this year. NH Gives is a 24-hour period from June 6th to June 7th were nonprofits are celebrated. This is our third year participating in this great event.

We are raising money for our scholarship fund again this year and need your help! If you would like to help hang posters, set up a personal fundraising page, or donate a prize to encourage donors please email Holly West at hspwest@friendsofmascoma.org.

 

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Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship & Mini-Grant Deadline

The scholarship and mini-grant application deadlines are rapidly approaching. Please remind the Mascoma High School senior(s) in your life to apply for scholarships by May 1st and district employees to apply for mini-grants by April 30th.

The links to more information and the applications are:

Snacks for Schools Food Drive presented by Twin State Positivity

We are thankful to Twin State (NH/VT) Positivity Club and Volunteer Flash Mob for organizing the Snack for Schools Food Drive. This group is made up of positive community members from a number of local organizations who band together to do good works of all types and size. Past projects have included assembling baskets for David's House, supporting Silent Warriors, and delivering treats to highway department workers.

There are three great ways to join in the snack drive:

 Click here to access full size PDF Poster & Suggested Snack List for printing.

Click here to access full size PDF Poster & Suggested Snack List for printing.

  1. Donate single serving snack items at any of the following locations: Canaan Hardware, Community Lutheran Church, Enfield House of Pizza, Family Pharmacy. DHMC Employees may contact Bridget Labrie through internal email to arrange drop-off in the Borwell Building location.
  2. Volunteer your local business or organization to host a collection box (easy printable materials are linked below). Email Kate Plumley Stewart to let her know the name and location of your collection and to arrange pick-up.
  3. Host a Snack for Schools Drive in your office and be a champion in the fight against food insecurity.

Hannaford West Lebanon Chooses FOM as Hannaford Helps Recipient During the Month of March

Great news! Friends of Mascoma Foundation's Friends Feeding Friends program has been chosen again for the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. For this round, please visit the West Lebanon Hannaford during the month of March, purchase either bag pictured below, and Friends Feeding Friends will receive $1.00 per bag.

We are thankful for Hannaford's ongoing support both through programming and product donations to our pantries.

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Friends Feeding Friends Food Insecurity Program Celebrates Year 2

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Friends Feeding Friends 2nd Anniversary Celebration and Open House!

Kat McDermott, our first FOM Intern, introduced Carol Cusick, our Treasurer and Food Pantry Champion, who explained what it takes to run the pantries and recognized our many awesome volunteers and contributors. Visitors got to see firsthand the latest surprise haul from the New Hampshire Food Bank along with standard items we pick up. Willing Hands, the Enfield Mascoma Lions Club, Enfield Fire Department, and MTD's Property Maintenance were all represented and recognized for their valuable contributions. We celebrated after the remarks with a delicious and beautifully lettered cake donated by Carolyn Neville-Freese of Duck Soup Catering.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunt participants went home with FOM Euro Car stickers. Kat did the honor of drawing the winner of the T-Shirt from a Hannaford West Lebanon Fight Hunger bag - the winner is Sue Jukosky!

Some of the questions and hints scattered throughout the pantry included:

  • How many pounds can "Forkie" the fork life handle? 2200 lb.
  • What local company sent us 4 employees to volunteer as part of their community service program? Hypertherm
  • How many turkeys did we supply to our community this year? 135
  • How many refrigeration/freezer units do we have at the Canaan Food Pantry? 8
  • Did you know Friends Feeding Friends received approximately 131,685 pounds of food for distribution in 2017?
    • NH Food Bank 117,014 lb.
    • Willing Hands 4,671 lb.
    • USDA 10,000 lb. approx.

See additional photos on Facebook [here] and [here].

Learn more about Friends Feeding Friends on our website.

#community #fighthunger #friendsfeedingfriends #friendsofmascoma #FOM

Earn 2 Free Meals for our Partners at the NH Food Bank

Who do we love? YOU Mascoma!! We also love our partners at the New Hampshire Food Bank and we’d like your assistance to do a little something to help them out. It’s as easy as using your mobile phone (text rates apply if they aren’t free on your phone, but otherwise this is completely free too!)

  1. Text MEALS to 35350.
  2. When you receive the zip code prompt Text back 03109 (the Food Bank’s zip code in Manchester, NH).

General Mills will give 2 meals to our friends at the NH Food Bank. It’s that easy and simple to say THANK YOU and help us give back!

#bettertogether #community #fightfoodinsecurity

Mark Your Calendar for NH Gives June 6-7, 2018, 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Last year, in one 24 hour #NHGives fundraising session, Friends of Mascoma members raised $17,000 toward Scholarships to be awarded to graduating Mascoma students. That's just over $11.40 each minute!

How did we do it? We didn't, YOU DID and we need your help again this year. Without giving away all of our strategy (this is, after all, a competition), we want you to mark your calendars and watch for updates so we can work some #MascomaMagic again together. When we say the word, we want you to break out your devices, share, like, and chip in a few dollars to help us raise funds and win each category like we did last year!

 FOM 2017 Scholarship Recipients

FOM 2017 Scholarship Recipients

This is a photo of the students from the Class of 2017 who were awarded scholarships from us during Mascoma Senior Award's Night. These students are going on to do great things in the next chapter of their lives. We are very proud of everything they have already accomplished and eagerly await news of their future successes!

Please join us for #nhgives as we replenish our scholarship fund for future graduates. There is plenty of fun to be had two as FOM members of all ages share the spirit of micro-philanthropy and love for our school community.

 Board Member Liz Murray showing her #NHGives spirit in 2017

Board Member Liz Murray showing her #NHGives spirit in 2017

 Learning to give starts at a young age.

Learning to give starts at a young age.