Liquor, wine outlets collecting donations for NH Food Bank

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Liquor Commission announced it will collect nonperishable food donations for the New Hampshire Food Bank at its 77 New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores.

This is the second year the stores will serve as collection points for the New Hampshire Food Bank. The stores collected more than two tons of donated food in 2012.

The New Hampshire Food Bank is a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities and is the only statewide food bank. It relies on donations to serve more than 140,000 New Hampshire residents.

The need is particularly urgent as colder weather approaches. The public can help by donating nonperishable food items through December.

These items are requested: canned soups, vegetables, fruit and proteins, such as tuna and chicken, all types of boxed pasta and pasta sauce, packaged macaroni and cheese and 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,” she

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