NH Liquor Commission partnering with Toys for Tots, NH Food Bank this Holiday Season

Published Date Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:31

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) is helping bring joy to children and provide nutritious meals to those in need this holiday season by partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and the New Hampshire Food Bank.

All 77 New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets, along with NHLC Enforcement headquarters, are serving as collection points for new, unwrapped toys that will be distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The public can also donate canned food and additional items listed below for the New Hampshire Food Bank’s annual holiday food drive.

This is the third year in a row NHLC has partnered with the two organizations. During last year’s holiday food drive, NHLC collected more than one ton of food that helped feed families and individuals in need throughout the state. Hundreds of toys were collected throughout the state’s 77 N.H. Liquor and Wine Outlets. Visit www.liquorandwineoutlets.com to locate your nearest N.H. Liquor and Wine Outlet.

“While the N.H. Liquor Commission is committed to delivering record returns to the state’s General Fund, we value the important role nonprofits play in our state, particularly during the holiday season,” said NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica. “We hope that by utilizing our statewide footprint of 77 Liquor and Wine Outlets we can help raise awareness and generate support for these two wonderful organizations. We encourage our consumers to consider making a donation so that we can help bring cheer to children and feed families who are in need.”

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during Oct., Nov. and Dec. each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The Toys for Tots program, administered by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, is especially meaningful for the NHLC Division of Enforcement, as three-quarters of the agency’s command staff are former Marines. “At its core, the Division of Enforcement is committed to public safety and reducing alcohol related problems including youth access to alcohol,” said James Wilson, Director of Enforcement and Licensing, and former Marine and member of the Army National Guard. “The decision to participate in the Toys for Tots program was an easy one for us. It is a great program that has a positive impact on youth and we wanted to be a part of it.”

The New Hampshire Food Bank serves as the only food bank in the state, working to provide nutritious food and resources to the hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents that are food insecure. The Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food annually to more than 400 partner agencies. According to the Food Bank, the most needed items are:

Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Canned Salmon
Peanut Butter
Mac n Cheese
Canned Soup/Stew/Chili
Canned/Dried Beans
Canned Nuts
Rice and Rice Mixes
Noodle Mixes
These two charity efforts mark the latest examples of NHLC supporting and facilitating meaningful partnerships aimed at delivering critical funding and support to New Hampshire nonprofits. Along with Toys for Tots and the N.H. Food Bank, NHLC has helped to raise more than $181,000 in the past year, benefiting the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, MooreMart, the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, and Easter Seals N.H.

Toys and canned goods are being collected at all 77 NH Liquor and Wine Outlets throughout the state and at the NHLC Enforcement Division headquarters, 57 Regional Drive in Concord, through Monday, Dec. 15.

Berlin Daily Sun