PLANTING ROOTS FOR LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2018

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603-641-9441 ext. 239

GARDEN TO HELP WITH FOOD INSECURITY – Leaders from the Manchester community gathered today at the Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center for an official groundbreaking ceremony. When complete, the garden will provide fruit and vegetables for the organizations family shelter.  Pictured are (l. to r.): Dick Anagnost, Co-chair, FIT-NH Board of Directors; Sherri Stevens, Hannaford Supermarkets; Meredith Shevitz, Office of Senator Maggie Hassan; Maureen Beauregard, President of FIT-NH; Cara Wry, Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Erin Cotton, Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster; and David Cassidy, Co-chair, FIT-NH Board of Directors.

 

PLANTING ROOTS FOR LIFELONG HEALTHY HABITS
Families in Transition-New Horizons working to break the cycle of homelessness with immediate hunger relief and educational experiences.

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) held a groundbreaking ceremony at their Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center, on Spruce Street in Manchester, NH, on Thursday, May 10, 2018. When it is complete, the Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center will produce fresh fruits and vegetables for Families in Transition participants and provide opportunities for the community to learn where food comes from through interactive programming and cooking.

Throughout the day, more than 40 volunteers from Timberland, FIT-NH staff, and members of the community continued construction on aspects of the garden, including compost bins, a toolshed, fencing and walkways around the pond, and planting fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more that will be used to supplement meals served at Families in Transition’s Family Place Resource Center and Shelter on Lake Avenue in Manchester. In the afternoon, the groundbreaking event was held to commemorate the official start of the garden. Speakers at the event included Dick Anagnost, Co-chair, FIT-NH Board of Directors; Maureen Beauregard, President of FIT-NH; Sherri Stevens, Hannaford Supermarkets; Meredith Shevitz, Office of Senator Maggie Hassan; Cara Wry, Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen; and Erin Cotton, Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster.

“We’ve received so much support from the community and our sponsors on this project,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition-New Horizons. “The Hollows Community Garden and Learning Center will make a difference in the lives of our participants. It is because of our supporters and their tenacity that this project is possible.”

Families in Transition-New Horizons provides hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT-NH also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT-NH provides. For more information about FIT-NH, the garden, the stores, and the event, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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