FOOD PANTRIES LOW IN VALLEY AREA

by Christian Mower on August 30, 2012

AS GOV. JOHN LYNCH VISITS THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FOOD BANK IN MANCHESTER THURSDAY TO HIGHLIGHT ITS NEED FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT, THE FOOD BANK’S LOW SUPPLIES DIRECTLY IMPACT THE VALLEY AREA, WHERE FOOD PANTRIES ARE RUNNING LOW.

BENNY JESSEMAN IS EXEC. DIRECTOR OF THE CARROLL COUNTY RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM – OR RSVP – IN INTERVALE CROSSROADS. FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS SHE HAS TRACKED MORE THAN A HALF DOZEN LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES THROUGH HER “KEEPING IN TOUCH” GROUP.

HER GROUP INCLUDES PANTRIES IN BARTLETT JACKSON, FREEDOM, TAMWORTH SANDWICH, MADISON, WHITE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, THE BROWN CHURCH IN CONWAY AND VAUGHN COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NORTH CONWAY. SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE PANTRIES HAVE SERVED A TOTAL OF 170,000 MEALS TO MORE THAN 6,000 PEOPLE.

JESSEMAN SAYS THE COST OF FOOD HAS GONE UP ALL SUMMER AND THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND A JOB. SHE SAYS IF PEOPLE NEED FOOD, SHE WANTS TO FEED THEM.

AS THE PANTRIES TRY TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH BALANCED MEALS, JESSEMAN STRESSES THE NEED FOR DONATIONS OF BASICS LIKE CEREAL, JUICES, SPAGHETTI/SAUCES AND CANNED MEATS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP, CALL JESSEMAN AT (603) 356-9331.