Mission/Vision

Our Mission: We advocate to end food insecurity, improve access to nutritious food, and address hunger’s root causes for all New Hampshire residents.

Our Vision: Hunger is eliminated in New Hampshire

 

Our Board

Elaine VanDyke

Elaine VanDyke

Board Chair

From holding state, private and educational positions Elaine mixes over 30 years of professional experience with a lifetime of personal experience in finding child nutrition solutions.

Reggie Baird

Reggie Baird

Board Member

From his early days fighting to gain educational opportunities for children in Grenada, Lt. Cmdr. Baird has dedicated his life to serving. He now turns his eye toward finding solutions to NH children’s food insecurity.

Marianne Barter

Marianne Barter

Board Member

Marianne brings close to 20 years of state and local Early Childhood Education experience to helping solve child nutrition concerns in the state.

Andy Beaupre

Andy Beaupre

Board Member

Andy’s background includes corporate, non-profit, social cause, agency and higher education as well as deep entrepreneurial experience. His social passions include hunger; injured veterans; child and youth advocacy; higher-education; cancer; muscular dystrophy; STEM; entrepreneurial support for developing nations; sustainability and the environment. The first entrepreneurial start-up he co-founded was acquired by a $13 billion NYSE traded company.
As an entrepreneur, Andy has dedicated himself to developing creative, pragmatic solutions. His guidance and mentoring is helping improve the lives of NH children.

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Joanne Delaney Burke

Board Member

Dr. Burke is a University of New Hampshire,  Clinical Professor, Emerita. As a Registered Dietitian in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems, she taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, while directing the Master’s-level dietetic internship accredited training program. She was the Thomas W. Haas Professor of Sustainable Food Systems. Her work continues to be focused on community nutrition, sustainable food systems, and racial equity. She has been a founding and  active member of the Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial-Equity Habit Building Challenge. She is secretary of the Board of Gather, an anti-hunger organization serving the seacoast region of NH.
She is a member of NH Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is on the steering committee for the Division of Sustainable Food Systems, for the national Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior .

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George Barrett Heckler, Jr.

Board Member

Barry Heckler was the Founder and Managing Partner of Heckler & Frabizzio PA, a personal injury defense litigation firm with 54 people including 17 attorneys.  Barry was received the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest, AV peer review rating, the highest rating awarded for professionalism, competence, ethics.

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Terry Sturke

Board Member

Terry Sturke has had extensive experience in mental health administration in both the
public and private sectors. Her specific areas of expertise are operations and quality
management.
Terry was the Director of Catholic Medical Center’s Psychiatric Institute and then was
Director of Behavioral and Psychiatric Services for Optima Healthcare in Manchester.
She was the director of quality improvement at Behavioral Health Network, Inc. in
Concord and worked at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in Concord, NH
for over 15 years where she currently is a project manager.
Terry has served on many community organizations including Merrimack Valley Day
Care, NH Office of Public Guardian, Dress for Success NH, NH Coalition against
Domestic and Sexual Violence, NH Family Mediation Certification board, Concord Multicultural Festival, Womankind Counseling and Capital Region Food Program.

 

Who are our partners?

NH Hunger Solutions is privileged to partner with numerous New Hampshire  coalitions and organizations that help us to further our mission and objectives.

Advocacy Partners

The (Keene) Community Kitchen

Provides meals to those in need and partners with other agencies offering cooking workshops, classes, and recipes to the food-insecure population.

Friends of Mascoma School District (FOM)

Supplies its four school buildings with supplemental snacks and brings healthy food options to those students who use the MVR High School pantry.

Keene Housing Authority

Provides and advocates for affordable housing and supportive services that strengthen and empower low and moderate income households in the Monadnock region.

New England Dairy and Food Council

Supported by the dairy farmers of New England and Eastern New York, helps professionals make informed decisions regarding nutrition recommendations and school programs.

NH Department of Education

Committed to helping students, parents, and educators who meet the educational needs of each student, including the administration of the USDA School Meal suite of programs.

NH Department of Health and Human Services

Through the Food Stamp/SNAP Program, provides eligible people with benefits to buy food items at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other approved food retailers. Offers beneficiaries educational opportunities to learn more about purchasing and preparing nutritious meals.

NH Food Alliance Network

The NH Food Alliance goal is to influence the future of the emerging state local food economy with the intent to build a food system that works for NH people, businesses, communities and environment.

NH Food Bank

Solicits and effectively distributes grocery products and perishable foods to New Hampshire’s food-insecure population. Offers innovative programs through a statewide network of approved agencies.

NH Legal Assistance

NHLA’s mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

School Nutrition Association of NH

Works to ensure all children have access to healthful school meals and nutrition education.

Seacoast Food Pantry Network

A group of food pantries and soup kitchens which provide emergency food for residents of New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

University of New Hampshire

Through the Sustainability Institute, acts as a catalyst, convener, and champion of sustainability ideas and actions across and beyond the University of New Hampshire.

Funding Partners

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire.

Visit New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s website

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Offers fresh foods and a variety of products in its supermarkets across New England

Visit the Hannaford website

The Endowment for Health works to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire, especially the vulnerable and underserved.

The New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s population, with a focus on its most vulnerable children.

Visit New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation’s website

Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley region

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National campaign working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world

Visit No Kid Hungry website

Plates for Change is a volunteer-run organization passionate about ending childhood hunger and food insecurity in our seacoast communities. We champion policy change, educate, and plan and execute amazing events with our community partners to raise much-needed funds for local charities and non-profits that provide healthy food to those in need.

Visit Plates For Change’s Website

Summer is a time for children to enjoy fresh air and sunshine, not worry about if they will be able to eat. Nourishing Neighbors Summer Meals program is tackling the challenge of feeding children during their summer break from school. Together with partners like you, we can make a difference for families facing hunger.

Visit Shaw’s Star Market Foundation for more information on Nourishing Neighbors.

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