In addition to your local food pantry or soup kitchen, there are other programs available to assist families and individuals who have limited food resources.
- SNAP – SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and in New Hampshire called Food Stamps/EBT. SNAP allows you the flexibility to choose healthy foods and in many communities you can use your Food Stamp EBT card at a farmers market or farm stand. You can apply for the benefit directly online through NH Easy. If you need assistance with your application, please contact the NH Food Bank SNAP Outreach Coordinator at 603.669.9725 ext. 1147.
- WIC – WIC is the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC is an excellent program for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and Children under the age of 5 years old. They provide both health services and food vouchers for healthy food. Consider breastfeeding as a strategy to save hundreds of dollars from your food budget and give you baby the best start in life.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a nutrition program that provides free food and nutrition information to promote good health for Seniors age 60 and over. Link: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/csfp.htm
- School meals – Contact your child’s school administrator or nurse for an application to receive free and reduced priced breakfast and lunch.
- Does your community have a summer food program? Explore potential options to have a program sponsored in your town. Contact our Nutrition Programs Manager, Elise Bolster, to find out more, 603.669.9725 ext. 1150.
- Do you know a senior who cannot get out to shop or make meals for themselves? Look into Meals on Wheels in your community. For seniors who want to get out and meet others, look for the nearest senior congregate meal program in your community.
- If you have trouble finding these programs in your community – call 211 and they can direct you to food program resources.
Callers anywhere in the state who dial 2-1-1 are connected, at no charge, to a trained information and referral specialist who can provide them with the information they need to get help.