WMUR has teamed up with the NH Food Bank and the high school football community to tackle hunger in New Hampshire this fall. You can help tackle hunger in NH by bringing a donation to select high school football games in your community for the rest of September through October! Game-goers are encouraged to bring non-glass, non-perishable donations for their local food pantries. Special thanks to WMUR, the NH Interscholastic Athletic Association, all participating schools, Dead River Company, Mascoma Savings Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets for their continued support!
The greatest current challenge faced by local food pantries is meeting the continued, increasing need for hunger relief distribution at a time when availability of donated product is in decline. Over the past five years, the NH Food Bank has experienced declines in donated food from major food wholesalers, retailers and producers due to tighter inventory controls, less stock on hand, reduced revenue, smaller margins and the closing of 12 significant partner stores. At the same time, the need for food resources has continued to increase.
Dead River Company donated $10,000 and Hannaford donated $4,000 so that all 58 high school football teams could receive a $250 gift card to send the schools shopping at Hannaford locations for their local New Hampshire Tackles Hunger game.
In addition, Mascoma Bank has donated $1,000 to send players from Hanover, Kearsarge, Fall Mountain and Mascoma Valley shopping with $250 Hannaford gift cards.
How you can help:
Head to a game in your community and bring a donation with you! Game-goers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for your local food pantry this fall. Several items are of particular need, including peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soups, pasta, sauce and canned fruits and vegetables. Please, don’t bring food in glass containers. Cash donations are also accepted.