FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Exeter Area New Car Dealership Association Supports Local Hunger Organization, Gather
Portsmouth, NH – The mission of collecting food and sharing it with those in need requires the efforts of all members of the community. To this end, Gather is dedicated to strengthening partnerships throughout the Seacoast community. It also underscores a commitment to address food insecurity not only by effectively gathering and distributing food, but also in building and sustaining strong community support. Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association supported Gather with a beautiful van in June 2016 and has continued to support Gather’s fight against hunger in 2018 with a generous $5,000 grant supporting Gather’s Meals 4 Kids program, which serves 500 children in their immediate service network.
“We’re honored by the ongoing support of this local association and are continually humbled by the strong communal bonds that are present throughout the seacoast,” said Gather’s Executive Director, Deb Girard. “Exeter Area New Car Dealership continue to step up to the plate and deliver us with invaluable support that we’re forever grateful for, not only as an organization, but as philanthropic partners in ridding the seacoast of hunger.”
"Every member of the association lives and works locally, and we take that sentiment to heart,” said Seacoast Volkswagen’s Doug Miles. “We are proud and honored to be able to support Gather and its long term commitment to this community and hope to be able to do so for many years to come. It’s vital we all support one another and Gather’s mission is imperative to the literal health of those that are in need. We’re here to assist in that in our own way.”
About Exeter Area New Car Dealers:
The Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association is a non-profit coalition of business owners who have contributed to community causes, projects and non-profit projects for decades. Founded in the 1950s, its members include: Foss Motors Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep; Holloway Automotive Group Mercedes-Benz; Seacoast Volkswagen; Gary Blake Motor Cars; Exeter Subaru; BMW of Stratham; McFarland Ford; Hurlbert Toyota, Scion; Autofair Nissan, Wentworth Motors Volvo; Honda Barn; and Porsche, Audi of Stratham.
For 200 years, Gather has been serving Seacoast residents facing hunger. The agency was founded in 1816 by a small group of women committed to feeding the families of fishermen. Today, Gather is committed to ending local hunger through collaboration and leadership.
Gather serves those in the community experiencing hunger by providing nutritious food through innovative distribution programs such Meals 4 Kids, Meals 4 Seniors, Farm Shares 4 Families and our Pantry Market. They offer nutrition education and recipes for healthy living. Gather collaborates with community partners to address the root causes of hunger throughout the Seacoast including: Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kittery, ME, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook and Stratham.
Gather's focus on streamlined internal systems, processes and controls ensures that every dollar donated has a big impact on hunger. 90¢ of every dollar donated to Gather goes directly toward local hunger relief.