NH Hosts Hunt for the Hungry Program Again

New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the New Hampshire Food Bank. Once again this fall, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

Last year (2011), the Hunt for the Hungry program took in 2,000 pounds of donated deer, bear, moose and other game meat for distribution to the needy.

To donate game, and for packaging instructions, call the Food Bank at 603-669-9725, x240. If you’re donating a whole deer, you can bring it to Lemay & Sons Beef in Goffstown, N.H. (603-622-0022), and they will process it for the food bank at no charge.
Please note that the N.H. Food Bank is not equipped to accept donations of wild game birds, such as wild turkey or grouse.

“We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year,” said Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the N.H. Food Bank. “Donations of protein foods are always hard to come by. That’s a big need that the Hunt for the Hungry program helps fill. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients.”

“The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter,” said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat and all natural – not to mention delicious.”

For more information on donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit them online.

For information on hunting in New Hampshire or to purchase a hunting license, click here.

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Local Organization Hosts Free Cooking and Nutrition Course

Gather in the kitchen to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime! Prepare and share meals together at Cooking Matters for Families, a free six-week cooking and nutrition series for school-age children and families being offered at The Upper Room in Derry on six consecutive Wednesdays, July 11 through August 15, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

The series will be led by Terri Schoppmeyer, Educational Program Coordinator at UNH Cooperative Extension. Cooking Matters for Families is sponsored by Operation Frontline, the New Hampshire Food Bank, UNH Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Connections, and The Upper Room.

If you qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, free and reduced lunch, WIC, or other types of financial assistance, then you qualify for participation in this free program. To register, contact Sue Schick at The Upper Room, (603) 437-8477 extension 22.

On-site childcare will be provided for a maximum of 5 children (ages 0-4) with a $1 per class, per child fee.

UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. For more information, or to learn about educational programs in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit their website.

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Manchester Freshmen Collect Drops, Not Dropping Out!

Last Friday, a group of 26 Freshman students from Manchester’s West High School collected nearly one ton of apples on the fields of Mack’s Apples here in Londonderry. The apples, which would otherwise have gone to waste, were sent to various organizations, including the New Hampshire Food Bank, New Horizons in Manchester, and the Manchester Boys and Girls Club. The freshmen also supplied their fellow Junior class, who took the NECAP test this week, with apples. The project was made possible through the cooperation of both Andy Mack, Jr. and the high school’s Alternative Learning for Freshman Program (ALF).

According to Andy Mack, the students really seemed to work well together and took the task seriously. “I was kind of blown away by how well the kids responded to their counselors and teachers. They rocked this fruit in about two hours.” He also commented on the idea behind the ALF program, “As freshmen in this group, a lot of team activities are run so the kids get to use some of their boundless energy, and do something positive.”

One of the original founders of ALF, Kenneth Piotrowski, now a retired counselor from the school, suggested the idea to send the students to Mack’s. According to Eli Glass, West High School Counselor and current Co-Leader of ALF, “Kenny did all the work behind the scenes to make this trip a reality.”

Mr. Glass continued on to say, “We are very lucky to have the full support of not only our administration here at West, but all the way up to the Superintendent as well. Not only would I like to thank Andy Mack for being gracious enough to have us, I would also like to thank our support staff for the day: Michael Oliveira, counselor; Christine Merrick, math teacher; and Matthew Blair, guidance intern. Our hope is that this is the first year of a very long tradition between the ALF Program and Mack’s Apples.”

The ALF was founded more than twenty years ago by staff at West High School. The program supports incoming freshmen who are likely to “fall through the cracks” for various reasons. These reasons may include poor school attendance, difficult family life, disability, and organization and academic challenges. Students involved in the program get rewarded for coming to school, going to their classes, completing their homework and schoolwork, and behaving well. The rewards consist of a field study day on most Fridays, which include not only learning opportunities but also community service projects. Each school year, the program accepts about 40 new freshmen.

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