Release Date: Jan 05,2018

The Common Man Vice President Diane Downing and Chief Executive Officer Vincent Vella (right) present Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, with a donation from the proceeds of The Common Man Invitational golf tournament.
Hospitality family donates $8,000 and collects hundreds of pounds of non-perishable items for The New Hampshire Food Bank
ASHLAND, N.H. – The Common Man hospitality family in New Hampshire closed out 2017 with a cash donation and the collection of hundreds of pounds of food for The New Hampshire Food Bank.
A donation of $8,000 was made by The Common Man Vice President Diane Downing and Chief Executive Officer Vincent Vella as a result of funds raised at the Common Man Invitational golf tournament held in the fall. 
The Common Man also participated in The Spirit of Giving Food Drive held in December in partnership with WMUR-TV, Dead River Company, Hannaford Supermarkets, Shaw’s Supermarkets and The New Hampshire Food Bank, inviting guests to bring non-perishable food items to select Common Man locations throughout the state.
“The Common Man collected 891 pounds of food during the Spirit of Giving Food Drive, providing 743 meals to our neighbors in need,” said Nancy Mellitt, director of development for the New Hampshire Food Bank. “With cash donations, we can provide two meals for every $1 donated. Between the golf tournament funds and cash donations made by guests during the food drive, plus an anonymous matching grant that doubled those donations, The Common Man helped to raise $16,170, which totals 32,340 meals,” said Mellitt.
The New Hampshire Food Bank is also the beneficiary of “Do Good” coupon books that The Common Man family sells during the holiday season. Proceeds are donated to the Food Bank once all books are sold and sales are tallied.
The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984. The New Hampshire Food Bank receives no federal or state funding for food distribution. In 2016, as the state’s only Food Bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank efficiently procured and distributed nearly 13 million pounds of food to people in need through more than 425 non-profit registered agencies. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs, and day care centers. For more information about the New Hampshire Food Bank, please visit and find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Founded in 1971, the Common Man family in New Hampshire is made up of 16 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.  Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack and Windham; The Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; The Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; and the Common Man Company Store in Ashland. The Common Man also offers Common Man-made food at the Hi-Way Diner and The Common Man Roadside food court at the Hooksett Welcome Centers on Interstate 93 north and south in Hooksett, NH.
The hospitality family’s newest project is the revitalization of an antique barn, which was moved from Canterbury, NH to Plymouth, NH, and is taking on a new life as a wedding and event venue called The Barn on the Pemi, opening this spring. For more information about The Common Man, visit or become a fan on Facebook at and find them on Twitter and Instagram @thecmannh.

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