The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, opened its doors on World Food Day in 1984 and in that year distributed 250,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry throughout the state. The Food Bank had 600 square feet of space in a garage.
As the only food bank in the state, the New Hampshire Food Bank is a vital distributor and supplier to the hunger relief agencies that serve meals and provide groceries to people experiencing the negative impacts of not having enough to eat. On average these agencies receive 40% of their food from the NH Food Bank.
In August of 2010, the Food Bank moved into a new building with 60,000 square feet. We have seen many efficiencies in our new home, including improved work flow and the ability to stretch donor dollars when purchasing food due to more storage/capacity.
In 2013, the Food Bank distributed over 8.5 million pounds of non-perishable food items, fresh produce, and meats to over 400 non-profit food agencies in all corners of NH.