How a Seed of an Idea Went on to Feed New Hampshire’s Hungry
In 2014, David Mason had a seedling of an idea. The dad of three and Comcast NBCUniversal employee overheard someone talking about starting a community garden that could grow enough vegetables to feed a community. In awe of this grand, selfless idea, he wondered, “What if I tried something similar?”
Fast forward two years, and Mason was leading a 2016 Comcast Cares Day project in Manchester, N.H., to bring healthy food to the local food bank. New Hampshire Food Bank is also a recipient of funding from one of Comcast Cares Day’s key partners, Red Nose Day, whose support specifically focuses on programs that help to make a positive impact for children in need living in the community.
“The day of Comcast Cares Day, we had 94 volunteers show up, consisting of 79 employees and their families, and 15 members from the New Hampshire Food Bank,” Mason said. The area’s congressman, Rep. Frank Guinta, even showed up and talked about how important the initiative to bring fresh food to the people of New Hampshire was.
In its first year, the garden donated 480 pounds of produce to local food banks. To say the garden is a success is an understatement.
“Not only did we help out the local food bank and gave back to the community, but we also took part in healthy living, by getting outside and keeping active, and growing healthy food options,” Mason said.
Mason’s story is inspiring — if each of us takes just one small idea to help other people, nurtures it and let’s it grow, the world would be a much better place.
This year, Comcast Cares Day will return to the Manchester Community Garden, where Mason’s brainchild lives, and volunteers will help feed the people of New Hampshire. Sign up to volunteer and Help Make Change Happen.