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Every year, our members and their loyal customers create (H)EAT promotions and events to raise funds for food and fuel assistance. Our aim is to raise enough for 10,000 meals and 10,000 gallons for immediate relief, while we all work together on long-term food and energy economy that local, green and fair.

Several years ago, Seacoast Local began the (H)EAT Campaign (pronounced Heat Eat), because we felt that it was important to draw attention to the fact that there were people living among us, our neighbors, who did not have enough to eat, or were unable to adequately heat their homes. Frankly, we think this is unacceptable, and the problem hasn’t gone away.

One of the things we learned in the process was that while food banks receive tremendous help at the holidays, they have a hard time in the summer. Why so? Because many families rely on the free or reduced lunch available through the school system to help feed their children. In the summer that help is not available.

So this year, during the months of March, and April, and May we are encouraging all of our Seacoast Local Business Members to find creative ways to help raise awareness and money for food and fuel assistance. We will be donating this money to area food banks in May with the hope of making a real difference in their ability to help our local residents this summer.

A portion of this fund will also go to local community action funds to assist this fall with fuel assistance.

You can make a direct donation on this page via paypal, or check out our upcoming events!

If you’d like to volunteer to help with this campaign, email us at