Letter: Shaw’s Generosity Over the Years
To the Editor:
As Shaw’s closes its supermarket on the west side of Route 12A in West Lebanon, we wanted to be sure to thank the staff and management of the store for their great generosity over the past few years. Shaw’s Supermarket is a partner of the New Hampshire Food Bank, as are we. Through the Food Bank’s Fresh Rescue program, Shaw’s has donated hundreds of pounds of food a week to us directly from the store. The program allows local supermarkets to give directly to local nonprofit organizations that belong to the Food Bank — without either the store or the nonprofit having to travel to the Food Bank in Manchester to deliver or pick up the food.
Donations of high-quality and varied food, charitable support and volunteer assistance are especially needed this year since our agency has experienced a $120,000 reduction in public funding as a result of federal sequestration. The cut to our nutrition programs totaled $70,000 this year, a cut that will affect our ability to continue to produce and deliver more than 200,000 meals annually to our region’s older adults. Annually, we produce and deliver 40,000 meals through our Upper Valley Meals on Wheels and community-dining programs. On behalf of the older adults who enjoy these home-cooked daily meals, we thank Shaw’s for its great generosity over the years.
Executive Director, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council
Director, Upper Valley Senior Center