Gather: Ending local hunger through collaboration and leadership.
For 200 years, Gather has been serving Seacoast residents facing hunger. The agency was founded in 1816 by a small group of women committed to feeding the families of fishermen. Today, Gather is committed to ending local hunger through collaboration and leadership.
Gather serves those in our community experiencing hunger by providing nutritious food through innovative distribution programs and our Pantry Market. We offer nutrition education and recipes for healthy living. We collaborate with community partners to address the root causes of hunger throughout the Seacoast including: Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kittery, ME, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook and Stratham.
Gather's focus on streamlined internal systems, processes and controls ensures that every dollar donated has a big impact on hunger. 90¢ of every dollar donated to Gather goes directly toward local hunger relief.
Gather serves those in our community experiencing hunger.
We provide nutritious food through innovative distribution programs and our Pantry Market. We offer nutrition education and recipes for healthy living. In addition, we collaborate with community partners to address the root causes of hunger.
Board of Directors
Deb comes to the food pantry with many years of Executive Director Experience and a commitment to service in her community. She is a graduate of the University of NH and did post graduate work at the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts. She comes to the SFFP eager to work with community leaders interested in food insecurity, sustainability and poverty.
Elisa Bolton is currently serving as President of the Board. She is a psychologist. Elisa has been a volunteer and board member of the SFFP since 2011. Knowing that hunger and food insecurity can be incapacitating fuels Elisa’s passion for the SFFP’s mission.
Tim is the Director of Terminal Operations for Sprague Operating Resources in Portsmouth, NH. He oversees the operations of Sprague’s Marine Terminal Operations in Maine and New Hampshire. He lives in Dover ,NH with his wife and two sons.
Margaret is an active community member serving as Board Secretary for SFFP and current School Board member in the Rye School District. She is driven to do this work because she believes every child, in order to have a good foundation in life, deserves access to healthy food and a decent education. She lives in Rye with her husband and three children.
Natalia is a graduate of Mass Law and also holds a degree in Developmental Psychology from Worcester State University. She has found her professional niche in regulatory compliance and is currently working for Optima Bank & Trust in Portsmouth. Natalia and her husband live in Northwood, NH with their two dogs, Shadow and Scout. As a family they enjoy the adventures of each unique region of New Hampshire. Natalia is honored to be a part of GATHER and is profoundly committed to its incredibly important mission.
As a real estate professional by day and an avid gardener and creative cook in her personal life, Marie seeks to inspire color in food and hence nutrition. Using a dinner plate as her creative palate and always experimenting with new ingredients, she often cooks family style meals for whomever is available, and especially loves introducing the awe of herbs to even her husband and five year old granddaughter. Marie looks forward to her first volunteer effort in especially serving the children of GATHER.
Marion Cheney has been actively involved for many years with the agency as a volunteer, as a board member, and in a variety of leadership positions on the board, including board president. An active community member and champion of the movement to end hunger in the Seacoast, Marion joins the board with years of experience as a Managing Broker and was named “NH Realtor of the Year” in 2015. In addition to her service to GATHER, Marion also serves as Director of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of the NH Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Women’s Council of Realtors. Marion lives in Dover with her husband Harry and her rescue dog Roxy.
Greg is a managing principal and treasurer at Prime, Buchholz & Associates in Portsmouth, NH. He moved to the seacoast in 1998 and currently lives in Portsmouth with his wife and three children. His charitable interest are focused on addressing hunger, housing and family challenges locally. Outside of work and family time he enjoys fishing and a variety of outside activities in the Greater Seacoast area.
Joanne Burke is a faculty member of the UNH Nutrition Program and the Thomas Haas professor of Sustainable Food Systems in the UNH Sustainability Institute. She is an active member of the NH Food Alliance and Food Solutions New England. She lives in Newmarket with her husband Joe, and is a firm believer in the power of healthy foods promoting healthy lives.
Chris lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two sons. He is a member of the leadership team at Community Partners and understands the unique challenges persons with disabilities have in maintaining regular nutritious meals. His goal is for every person to be able to fully participate in, and contribute to, their community without fear of stigma or discrimination. Eliminating food insecurity is a basic building block to realizing this goal.
Scott moved to the Seacoast in 1994, and has been involved in educational and anti-hunger advocacy for many years, having served on the boards of Share Our Strength Seacoast, We All Value Education (WAVE), and Kids Five and Over. He also developed and coordinated the parent volunteer program at Little Harbour School, and is a long time youth sports coach. He lives in Portsmouth with his son.
Margaret is a garlic farmer and co-owner of a small business called Backyard Garlic. Currently, she serves on the Farm-to-School Steering Committee in Portsmouth. Margaret was instrumental in helping to build and run the Little Harbor School Garden; teaching students how to grow, harvest and eat nutritious food. Margaret lives in Portsmouth with her husband and three children.