Hannaford Supermarkets donates its Powerball commission and additional funds
For Immediate Release:
Aug. 30, 2016
Powerball win spurs major charitable donation in N.H.
Hannaford Supermarkets donates its Powerball commission and additional funds to provide $100,000 to local organizations that help kids and fight hunger
Raymond, N.H. – The Powerball jackpot that produced a mystery $487 million winner last month is generating a lot more winners as well – local children and hungry individuals – with the help of Hannaford Supermarkets.
On Tuesday, Hannaford announced that it would donate its $75,000 commission from selling the winning Powerball ticket, plus an additional $25,000, to Raymond-area hunger relief, a school-based anti-hunger organization that serves all of New Hampshire, and a Raymond-based youth coalition.
"It's not every day that your store finds out it has sold one of the biggest-jackpot lottery tickets in history," said Dan Wilder, Hannaford's Store Manager in Raymond. "We wanted to use this good fortune to help people in need here in Raymond and in New Hampshire as a whole."
"This $100,000 Hannaford Helps donation will make a real difference in the lives of local children and families," Wilder said.
The Powerball jackpot is the biggest ever in New Hampshire and the second largest ever nationally. The winner has not yet come forward publicly.
“The New Hampshire Lottery applauds Hannaford Supermarkets for making this meaningful and impactful donation that will have a major impact on several nonprofit organizations fighting hunger here in New Hampshire,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. “During my six years with the New Hampshire Lottery, I do not recall another instance of a New Hampshire Lottery retailer donating a commission check to charity, particularly one of this magnitude, and the New Hampshire Lottery celebrates Hannaford Supermarkets for its generosity.”
"The Raymond Coalition For Youth is honored, and beyond grateful, for this very generous donation," said Celeste Clark, executive director of the organization. "Hannaford invested in RCFY when we first became a nonprofit in 2004. It was our first donation and provided us a platform to reach out into our community and build ongoing relationships with people who wanted to support our Youth and give them a voice.
"These relationships have led to putting many successful strategies in place to keep our youth and families better connected to the community and in turn a safer place to live, work and play," she said. "Our youth are our future and we are very grateful to Hannaford for their ongoing support so we can continue our efforts to support them.”
Organizations receiving donations Tuesday were:
End 68 Hours of Hunger ($40,000) -- This program puts nourishing food in the hands of New Hampshire school children to carry them through the weekend.
Raymond Coalition for Youth, Youth Action Program ($30,000): A youth-led initiative to engage, educate and empower local children to make healthy decisions in life.
SNHS Raymond Food Pantry ($11,000)
Providence Baptist Church Food Pantry ($11,000)
Deerfield Food Pantry ($5,000)
Raymond Baptist Church Food Pantry ($3,000)
"Helping children lead healthy lives and supporting those people who are at risk of going hungry are two of the major focus areas for Hannaford's charitable efforts," said John Fifield, the company's Director of Operations for this region of New Hampshire. "With today's special Hannaford Helps donation, we are proud to build on the $4 million and 20 million pounds of food a year we donate to support our communities."
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 187 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com