The Center Harbor Food Pantry started as a very small outreach in 1987. At the time, it was under the sponsorship of a religious organization and was using their 501(c)3 designation. The Center Harbor Food Pantry was literally housed in a closet. It gave away a few hundred pounds of food a month.
Over the years, the Center Harbor Food Pantry grew rapidly, continually expanding its outreach to more and more families throughout the community. By 2011, the Center Harbor Food Pantry had grown to a 1350 square foot facility with refrigerators, freezers, and storage space for thousands of pounds of food. It was decided at that time to separate the pantry into its own non-profit organization in order to better serve the community. Our 501(c)3 number is 80-0510003.
Today the Center Harbor Food Pantry is rated the eighth largest food pantry in the State of New Hampshire and is blessed with a network of faithful supporters. Even so, it is often difficult for the pantry to keep up with the increasing demand for food. The high demand is due to more unemployment, cutbacks in government programs such as food stamps, rising costs of housing, utilities, medicine, gas, etc., etc. On the web, it states, “1 out of every 9 persons living in NH is food deprived!” The result? As Feeding America's site says: “Lack of access to a nutritious and adequate food supply has implications not only for the development of physical and mental disease but also behaviors and social skills.”
The Center Harbor Food Pantry would love to help more. If the funds to purchase additional foods were donated, the pantry would easily be able to double the amount of food it gives out.