- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - An anonymous donor is matching every dollar donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank until the end of the year, up to $100,000.

The same donor offered a $75,000 matching grant last year during the holiday season. Supporters were able to meet that goal, generating a total of $150,000 to support the New Hampshire Food Bank.

The food bank says it gives them the chance to generate 400,000 meals.

Those interested in taking part in the matching opportunity can visit: https://www.nhfoodbank.org/spirit .

“This is a challenging time of year for many of the people we service throughout the state,” said Mel Gosselin, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “With limited resources, they are often choosing between buying food and paying for heat or purchasing warm clothing for their children. But with this donation, we have the opportunity to provide 400,000 meals to the 143,200 people, including 42,170 children, who are food insecure.”

Those described as “food insecure” don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Last year, the food bank, which receives no state or federal aid for food distribution, distributed 11 million pounds of food to its 400 statewide partners, which marked a 30 percent increase from 2013.

Food bank officials say they expect to distribute more than 13 million pounds of food this year.

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