Safety Gets ‘Casual’ For Food Drive

Department of Safety workers pose Oct. 1 with donations collected during a September food drive for the New Hampshire Food Bank. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Taylor)

It was just a morning radio show that got Shana Warriner thinking about how to help fight hunger.

In late August, she heard Gov. John Lynch on the radio declaring September to be Hunger Action Month.

The first thing Warriner thought of was casual Fridays.

Department of Safety workers pose with Commissioner John Barthelmes, Chief Kevin O'Brien, NH Food Bank personnel and Gov. John Lynch around the food collected for the NH Food Bank during the fall 2012 Department of Safety food collection. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Taylor)

“The easiest way to get someone to donate was to tie it to casual Friday,” said Warriner, who’s an SEA member and the administrative supervisor in the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The idea was simple: if you want to dress down on Fridays, you have to make a donation. So Warriner got to work, getting the necessary OKs to set up the fundraiser to run during the month of September.

“I got permission to put it together, so I had a representative from each department of the Department of Safety,” she said.

The food drive netted $1,229 in cash and checks to go along with 2,400 pounds of food for the NH Food Bank.

In all, the effort raised $1,229 in cash and checks to go along with more than a ton of food, all to be donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

The drive caught the attention of Gov. Lynch, who stopped by in early October to praise the workers’ efforts, and WMUR came by to report on the drive.

Warriner said she’s hoping Safety can repeat the casual Friday food drive every September, but with food banks expected to need extra help after the holiday season, she said they’re “talking about doing it again in January or February.”

You can help the NH Food Bank by clicking the “Donate Now” link on its home page; if you’d like to help a food pantry in your area, you can click the “Find a Food Pantry” link for a list of registered pantries around the state. 

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