Hunger and Loneliness

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Coordinator:  Carol Selsberg (207) 439-7957

Long before the pandemic nightmare, there were life-altering problems “next door.”  These speakers, scheduled to speak with us last spring, will share their life-long life-saving work.

 October 28 – Vulnerable Family “Portraits.”  Next door are people at risk.  Who are they?  How did they get there?  Dr. Jessica Carson, Research Assistant Professor in the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy, will introduce us to them and to their pressing issues, including poverty, work, and social safety nets.

 November 4 – “End 68 Hours of Hunger.”   This amazing nonprofit has fed hundreds of thousands of hungry kids and their families on weekends since U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Claire Bloom used her savings to start it in Dover only 9 years ago.  This remarkable woman will share the inspiration, growth, and unique service history of the ever-growing program she birthed.

 November 11 – Ending Seacoast Hunger.  Founded on the Seacoast in 1816 by a small group of women to feed families of fishermen, Gather is dedicated to ending local hunger in unique ways.  Deb Anthony, Executive Director, will share with us how this organization works to identify and address root causes in collaboration with other community partners.

 November 18 – The Reality and Toxicity of Elderly Isolation and Loneliness.  We will hear from George Cleveland, Executive Director at Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway, who will share stories of the loneliness, neglect, and needs facing too many of our New England elder neighbors.