Closed on Wednesday, February 7th.

We will be closed Wednesday, February 7th because of the storm.  Everyone who had an appointment for tomorrow has been rescheduled to the same time on Friday, February 9th.  Be safe!

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Just stuff…

We survived another year-end inventory which always gives us a bigger view of our needs.  We always need the basic items from our list in the right-hand column.  So, I would like to explain why we need some of the “other” type of items.

At the pantry, we encourage people to eat healthier.  What can be more healthy than baking your own food (so you know what’s in it)?  It also costs less in the long run.  But that’s kind of hard to do when you spend your food stamps on the staple items and don’t have any money left to purchase those baking ingredients.  Donations of yeast, all-purpose flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, baking cocoa, brown sugar, confectionary sugar, sugar will help people to bake biscuits, bread, birthday cakes, etc.  I have a lot of bakers and cooks that come to our pantry and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to bake again!

We receive frozen meat from Walmart through an NH Food Bank program called Fresh Rescue.  It’s great to give our patrons ground beef and other meats.  Through Fresh Rescue, we also sometimes receive lettuce for salads.  Canned tuna is another favorite of people that come to the pantry.  My point?  We give out these items and very seldom do we have ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or salad dressing to go with them.  I don’t know about you, but eating dry tuna doesn’t really appeal to me.  So donations of these items would be great as well!

Now let’s discuss water.  Bottled water leaves this pantry as fast as we receive it.  For some, taking water is not really a choice.  The water they have at home is not always drinkable.  For them, purchasing water is necessary but seldom happens because food takes priority.  Our diabetics need water because juices have too much sugar in them.  I also find that a lot of the children would prefer water over juice. (Can’t get much healthier than that.)  So it’s another good thing to donate!

When donating food, please remember that size does matter.  A lot of our single households enjoy the use of small items (around 8 oz size).  For them, there is less waste.  Our 2 – 4 household sizes get the best use out of 15 – 16 oz items. Our 5 – 11 household size loves the large items (fewer items to open to make one meal).  Please keep in mind that the majority of the people that come to the pantry are in the 1 – 4 household size range.

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Donation Letters

Donation letters were put in the mail on Feb. 2nd. You should be receiving them any day now. Thank you for your donation!

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Bad Weather Day

 
We will be closed Wednesday, January 17, 2018, due to inclement weather. If you had an appointment to receive food, all appointments have been moved to the same time on Friday, January 19, 2018. If you cannot make the Friday appointment, please call 724-9731 and leave a message.
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Meal Numbers

In December, we gave out enough food to create 7,843 meals.  In 2017, we gave out enough food to create 75,374 meals.  This is a 10% increase over 2016. In 2017 we gave out an average of 8,375 per month.

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The LFP Challenge to Fight Hunger Starts Soon

We are challenging everyone to help raise $10,000 in food and funds to be used to feed people that are food insecure. 

Please spread the word!  With your help, we can feed households in need. Thank you in advance for your consideration!  All food and funds stay within Loudon Food Pantry!  If you have any questions please call Sue at 724-9731.

The Challenge runs from February 1, 2018 and ends on April 30, 2018.

To be part of this effort…

Donate In-date Food (It will be counted as $1.00 per item).
Donate In-date Meat or Produce (It will be counted as $1.00 per pound).
Donate funds (It will be counted dollar for dollar).

How can you donate?

You can mail or drop off donations to Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon NH 03307-0734.  The office accepts donations Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Please note your donation “LFPC” if you want it included or just verbally let us know. 

Everything from our donation sites will be automatically included in the LFP Challenge.  The list of our donations sites are:

Elkins Library, Canterbury – Food
Camping World, Chichester – Food
Care Pharmacy, Epsom – Cash Bin
Loudon Station, Loudon – Food & Cash Bin
Loudon Village Country Store, Loudon – Cash Bin

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