COLEBROOK – N.H. Electric Co-op (NHEC) and N.H. Food Bank recently announced that they will partner to feed hungry Colebrook area residents via a mobile food pantry distribution on Saturday, March 7 at noon at the Colebrook Elementary School.
The NHEC Foundation provided a $5,000 grant for the fourth year in a row to make the mobile food pantry effort in Colebrook possible. Volunteers from both sponsoring organizations will be on site to help unload and distribute the food to those in need at the school, which is located at 27 Dumont Street in Colebrook. Similar mobile pantries in years past have provided benefit to more than 200 area residents in one day.
According to Nancy Mellitt, N.H. Food Bank director of development, one in nine Granite State residents go hungry each day and more than 44,000 New Hampshire children live in poverty and experience food insecurity.
“Many in our community suffer from hunger and poor nutrition,” said Mellitt. “Thanks to the NHEC Foundation, we can bring food to where it is needed and help lessen this burden for many families and individuals.”
The mobile food pantry plans to provide approximately 13,000 pounds of food, the equivalent of about 10,800 meals, to Colebrook area residents on March 7 as a supplement to food already available through local hunger relief agencies.
N.H. Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities N.H., is the only food bank in the state, and its registered hunger relief agencies rely on the food bank for approximately 40 percent of the food they distribute each year.
“The reward of hosting a mobile food pantry in the Colebrook area is huge,” said Audrey Goudie, Executive Director of the NHEC Foundation. “It brightens our day to know we are able to send families home with meals enough to last them several weeks. They are a friendly and gracious group of individuals and we enjoy sending them home with a smile on their faces.”
In 2014, the N.H. Food Bank distributed more than 11 million million pounds of non-perishable food items, fresh produce and meats to over 400 non-profit food agencies across New Hampshire. For more information on upcoming mobile pantry distributions, those in need can visit www.nhfoodbank.org or contact the N.H. Food Bank agency relations department at 669-9725.
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