End 68 Hours of Hunger

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a public not-for-profit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning.

This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

We are entirely volunteer based and 100 percent of funds go directly to feeding at-risk children unless otherwise designated by the donor.

Childhood hunger – or food insecurity – is a national problem. It occurs when children receive insufficient food on a regular basis and in many cases, missing meals entirely. After a while, these children also experience ‘fear of hunger’ that affects their behavior as much as physical hunger affects their bodies.

Founder and Executive Director

Board of Directors

Claire Virginia Bloom, LCDR USN (Ret)
Executive Director

Claire is the Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

She has Master Degrees in Strategic Intelligence and Educational Leadership, and is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Master Practitioner.  She retired from the United States Navy in 1998 following a very successful tour as the first woman to be the Second In Command of USS CONSTITUTION, the Navy’s three mast square rigged sailing ship in Boston Massachusetts, where she served from 1996-1998 when the ship sailed for the first time in 116 years, and celebrated her 200th birthday.

She is the author of “End 68 Hours of Hunger:  Ending Childhood Hunger in America, One School at a Time”, is the co-author of  “Getting Better:  My Journey Through Transverse Myelitis and Lessons for Health Care Providers, Patients and Families”, “The Journey:  Unleashing the Power of Business Integration”, and “All Systems Down”  She is also  the editor of “Business Intelligence:  Lessons I Learned from the Oxymorons at Work” and “Intelligent Business:  Lessons I Learned from the Experts at Work.”

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award for individuals making a difference. In December 2018, The Points of Light organization recognized Claire as an outstanding volunteer and a daily point of light! Read about the honor.

Brad Hirst

Brad has served as pastor at Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ in Kittery since 2002. An active member and past president of the Kittery Rotary Club, he also sits on the Kittery Block Party planning team, and is past president of the board of Fair Tide, a local transitional housing provider. Brad is married to Rev. Linda Hirst, who is pastoring First Parish Federated Church in South Berwick. They have two mostly grown sons, Nate and Andrew, and currently make their home in Kittery. Brad is a long-time Little League baseball umpire, and loves hiking in the White Mountains and riding his Harley.

Keith Launchbury

Keith is a former President of APICS (a Professional not for profit organization in Supply Chain Management). He has consulted to over 150 companies worldwide and is widely recognized as an excellent speaker at International Conferences on Supply Chain Management and Business Planning. He is  an accomplished author, having authored two books about business. He is also  the editor of “Business Intelligence:  Lessons I Learned from the Oxymorons at Work” and “Intelligent Business:  Lessons I Learned from the Experts at Work. Together with Claire Bloom he has co-authored  “Getting Better:  My Journey Through Transverse Myelitis and Lessons for Health Care Providers, Patients and Families”, “The Journey:  Unleashing the Power of Business Integration”, and “All Systems Down”  In addition Keith was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors for  End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Monte Bohanan

Monte Bohanan is the Director of Marketing & Communications at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH where he oversees daily operations of event and institutional marketing.  Monte is a twenty-year veteran of performing arts administration. He has, through his work at The Music Hall, organized events like Fill The Hall Food Drive which collected over 14 tons of donated food by filling every seat in the Historic Theater. He curates and moderates the Digital Portsmouth series of micro-talk events on the creative economy, technology, and 21st-century living. He curates and moderates the Let’s Talk About…series, recently hosting community discussions on The Screen-time Dilemma and the Heroin Epidemic. He mentors young professionals who are seeking to find a career in the arts or marketing. He is a board member of the Portsmouth Halloween Parade – He was the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Parade. He is also on the Board of Directors of End 68 Hours of Hunger,  and is on the Pack 164 Cub Scouts of Portsmouth organizing committee.

Debra Weiss Ford

Debra Weiss Ford is Office Managing Principal of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  Ms. Ford has over 35 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.   Ms. Ford is listed by Chambers as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  She is the author of the New Hampshire chapter of Workplace Privacy, a legal reference book for managers and human resource professionals, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, a division of West Publications.  Ms. Ford was elected as a Fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in June 2006 and selected as a Fellow in The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society by the Litigation Counsel of America in 2014.  She is named as New Hampshire’s Best Labor and Employment Lawyer by Business NH Magazine.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., and has been recognized by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and one of the top 100 lawyers in New England.  She is listed in Top NH Lawyers in Labor and Employment in New Hampshire Magazine and has consistently been named the Best Lawyers’ Manchester Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year.  She is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.  Ms. Ford has been named one of the “Leaders in their Field” in the Chambers USA Legal Guide since 2012Ms. Ford is rated a “Top Rated Lawyer” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™. Ms. Ford serves as a board member for the Portsmouth Music Hall, Seacoast Human Resources Association, and End 68 Hours of Hunger, and she is an emeritus board member of the New Hampshire SPCA.

Skip Heaps

Skip spent over 25 years in banking, split between working in New York for JPMorgan Chase and in Boston for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  After his time in banking Skip spent 7+ years in Portsmouth, NH with Bottomline Technologies.  Skip now resides in Atlanta, GA where he volunteers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and as a volunteer in the Fulton County school system in their Reading Buddies program.  Skip has been a Board member at End 68 Hours of Hunger since 2013.

Rob Eberle

Rob Eberle is President & CEO of Bottomline Technologies.  Under his leadership, Bottomline has become a recognized innovator and leader in cloud-based digital banking payment and invoicing solutions.  Bottomline’s focus on delighting customers and anticipating and addressing their needs with new technologies has driven significant business growth and the company’s expansion across multiple geographies.  The Company is frequently recognized as a leader in innovation and regularly named a “Best Company to Work For”.   Prior to Bottomline, Rob held senior executive positions in the wireless and handheld computer industry.  He has served on a number of non-profit boards and currently serves on the board of Exeter Health Resources and End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Peter Glick

Peter Glick is a serial entrepreneur and investor who has served as Chairman and CEO of companies focused on instruments for clinical diagnostics, contract research for new drug development, and other efforts to improve healthcare.  He is a long-time supporter of efforts to fight homelessness and hunger, and he serves as a board member of The Lake Winnipesaukee Association.  Peter and his family split their time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

A Poem for End 68 Hours of Hunger

Watch founder Claire Bloom give a group presentation