Bensonwood supports Fall Mountain Food Shelf



Left to right: Kevin Bittenbender, Mary Lou Huffling, Kevin Starratt. Photo by Joel Slutsky
Left to right: Kevin Bittenbender, Mary Lou Huffling, Kevin Starratt. Photo by Joel Slutsky


 WALPOLE, N.H. – A donation from Bensonwood Woodworking for $10,000 has been given to Fall Mountain Foodshelf and Fall Mountain Friendly Meals Director Mary Lou Huffling.

The donation includes money from a raffle, customers, business partners, and others, according to Bensonwood Head of Production Kevin Bittenbender.

“This year at our Harvest Hoedown event, we raised over $10,000 in donations and about $1,000 worth of groceries were also donated at the event,” Bittenbender said. “Some donations continue to come in this week. Our business likes to contribute to local organizations where we feel like we can really make a difference. The food shelf is a great organization and they make a big difference in people’s lives; we are really happy to be able to give them support.

“Pulling together many people to make donations to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf is a great agenda for this event,” he continued. “It’s always fun to throw a party, but it’s really great when the party has such a fantastic purpose. This is the eighth year that we have had this theme of fundraising for the Fall Mountain Foodshelf and each year we have exceeded the previous year’s donations.”

Huffling said the donation is very much appreciated.

“Kevin and his crew work so hard to make this a beautiful experience, they have always been supportive; it’s so awesome it gives me goose bumps,” Huffling said. “I appreciate their caring so much, they touch and bless the lives of so many people, and their spirit means so much. Their efforts help us get through the fall and winter.”

The matching challenge will end on Thanksgiving Day. Huffling related more good news after the Alstead Selectboard unanimously voted to allow the food shelf to continue to hold its Thanksgiving event at the Alstead Fire Station.

The Walpole company is a designer-builder of energy-efficient timber frame, hybrid and other high-performance homes and commercial buildings.

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