St. Vincent de Paul food pantry holds Friends of the Poor 5K

  • Oliver Stenersen, 13, of New Ipswich, makes a final push for a ninth-place finish. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

  • Paul Bush, 69, of New Ipswich and Gretchen Smith, 49, of New Ipswich, finish togehter. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

  • A total of 63 runners raised thousands of dollars for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Greenville during the Friends of the Poor 5K run in New Ipswich on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

  • Dylan Buttrick, 15, of Greenville, was the first to finish. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

  • A total of 63 runners raised thousands of dollars for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Greenville during the Friends of the Poor 5K run in New Ipswich on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

  • Richard Broullette, 64, crosses the finish line. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/3/2022 10:15:10 AM

The annual Friends of the Poor 5K walk and run Saturday was set to be the best in terms of fundraising for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry since the race’s inception 14 years ago.

Kevin Little, the race director and president of St. Vincent de Paul, said the race is the food pantry’s biggest annual fundraiser, usually raising about $10,000 every year through a combination of registration fees, pledges collected by runners and donations from local businesses. All of the proceeds benefit the food pantry, which is based at the Sacred Heart Church at 15 High St. in Greenville, but serves the surrounding community, including New Ipswich and Mason.

Most of the proceeds will be used to purchase food through the New Hampshire Food Bank to stock the pantry, Little said. About 40 families in the community use the pantry on a weekly basis.

“All of the food we purchase and that gets donated to us is given to people through our food pantry to people in need in our community,” he said.

The funds will also be used to supplement the pantry’s efforts for the upcoming holidays, including food baskets for Thanksgiving. The baskets, which include a full Thanksgiving meal, including the turkey, are distributed to about 70 families the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

This Christmas, the pantry will also be organizing a gift drive for families in need, where Christmas wish lists will be posted to local community Facebook pages and community members can “adopt” a family or individual to purchase gifts for.

“It’s a great charity. We help a lot of people; we have a lot of good volunteers in the community,” Little said. “This is our biggest fundraiser for the year, and we’re on track for this to be our best year. We’re on track, due to support of our community, and a lot of businesses that have been very, very generous to us this year.”

The top three finishers in Saturday’s race were Dylan Buttrick, 15, of Greenville, with a time of 20 minutes, 50 seconds; Eric Window, 32, of New Ipswich, with a time of 21:06; and Kelson Whitehouse, 15, of New Ipswich, with a time of 21:49. The top female finisher was Leanne Sargent, 31, of Mason, with a time of 24:51.

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is open on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m., or during the week by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172, Ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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