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New Hampshire Liquor Outlets Begin In-Store Food Collection

Concord — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has started a food collection for the New Hampshire Food Bank through the holiday season.

Donations of nonperishable food — including canned soups, vegetables, fruit and proteins such as tuna and chicken; all types of boxed pasta; pasta sauce; packaged macaroni and cheese; ramen noodles; and peanut butter and jelly — can be dropped off in designated collection boxes through Dec. 31 at any of the 77 New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet stores.

“The New Hampshire Food Bank helps provide essential nourishment to thousands of New Hampshire residents who are nutritionally in need,” said Joseph W. Mollica, chairman of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, in a news release. “We are committed to doing our part to help … meet this significant challenge.”

This is the second year the liquor stores will collect for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Last year, the stores collected more than two tons of food.

“The need for food assistance in New Hampshire is greater than many can imagine,” Mel Gosselin, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, said in the release.

“One in nine individuals and more than 40,000 children under age 18 are considered food insecure. Donations from the public are crucial to helping us provide meals to people throughout our state.”

Last year, the New Hampshire Food Bank, which is a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, distributed more than 8 million pounds of food through 400 partner agencies and nearly 150 mobile food pantries. For more information, visit NHFoodBank.org.

The New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet stores in the Upper Valley region include:

∎ West Lebanon, Powerhouse Plaza, 10 Benning Drive.

∎ Lebanon, Centerra Marketplace, 12 Centerra Parkway.

∎ Claremont, 367 Washington St.

∎ Newport, Sugar River Shopping Center, 52 John Stark Highway.

∎ New London, New London Shopping Center, Route 11.

∎ Woodsville, Butson’s Complex, 1 Forest St.