CONCORD — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) is currently collecting nonperishable food donations for the New Hampshire Food Bank at all of its 77 New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores throughout the state. This is the second year that the stores will serve as collection points for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Collections will run now through December 31.
The New Hampshire Food Bank is a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities and is the state's only food bank. The Food Bank relies on donations to serve more than 140,000 New Hampshire residents who are hungry. Specially-designated collection boxes will be prominently placed in each store to accept non-perishable donations of the following items: Canned soups, vegetables, fruit and proteins such as tuna and chicken; all types of boxed pasta; pasta sauce; packaged macaroni and cheese; ramen noodles; and peanut butter and jelly.
"We appreciate this continued partnership with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission," said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director at the New Hampshire Food Bank. "The need for food assistance in New Hampshire is greater than many can imagine – one in nine individuals and more than 40,000 children under age 18 are considered food insecure. Donations from the public are crucial to helping us provide meals to people throughout our state."
Joseph W. Mollica, Chairman, New Hampshire Liquor Commission said, "The New Hampshire Food Bank helps provide essential nourishment to thousands of New Hampshire residents who are nutritionally in need. We are committed to doing our part to help the Food Bank meet this significant challenge, and proud that our New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets will once again serve as collection points for food donations."
The New Hampshire Food Bank has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1985. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food through 400 partner agencies and nearly 150 mobile food pantries. 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.