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Bank of New Hampshire Sponsors Farmsteads of New England’s Mobile Food Pantry


Laconia, New Hampshire – June 13, 2021 – Bank of New Hampshire is excited to support Farmsteads of New England’s Mobile Food Pantry Program for the 2021 season.

Farmsteads of New England, Inc. (Farmsteads) is a pioneer in farm-based programs for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and is recognized nationally in the autism community for their groundbreaking and unique approach to program delivery for this population. Resident farmers live in an educational and therapeutic rural environment where individuals are valued for their abilities, learn farming skills, earn wages, produce farm products in micro-businesses, are provided 24-hour/365-day care and support, and are given wide-ranging opportunities to enjoy life as fully as possible. The Mobile Food Pantry Program provides access to fresh, locally-grown produce to pantries, soup kitchens, low-income housing communities, and to elderly housing complexes on a weekly basis free of charge. Bank of New Hampshire’s sponsorship is enabling Farmsteads’ Mobile Food Pantry Program to achieve its goal of doubling the number of households reached in 2021 by serving 200 households per week.

“We are so grateful to Bank of New Hampshire for its support of this important initiative,” said Deborah DeScenza, Founder and Executive Director for Farmsteads of New England. “Farmsteads of New England was founded to give people who have developmental disabilities a meaningful and satisfying life, and growing food for the community is an important aspect of accomplishing our mission. It is exciting for our farmers to know they are contributing members of the community; they get enormous pride from helping others. We look forward to providing food for many families struggling with food insecurity this year through our Mobile Food Pantry.”

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to support Farmstead’s Mobile Food Pantry this year, furthering our goal to make an impact in the area of food insecurity,” said Tiffany Baert, Vice President, Marketing Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “Not only does this program provide critical resources for those struggling with access to fresh food within our communities, they are changing lives and providing meaningful opportunity to those with developmental challenges.”

Bank of New Hampshire is proud of this partnership as we aspire to remain an independent mutual financial institution, delivering innovative solutions and exceptional service, while assisting our employees, customers and communities to build brighter futures.

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831 provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire and southern Maine. With 21 banking offices and assets exceeding $2 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and one of the largest independent banks in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1.800.832.0912 or visit

Photo Caption: (left to right) Beth Lyons, Assistant Vice President, Hillsborough Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire; Kelli Olsen, Vice President, Corporate Cash Management Officer for Bank of New Hampshire; Amelia Gardner, Farm Manager for Farmsteads of New England at Farmsteads of New England’s Mobile Food Pantry

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