- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Food Bank had a good year for growing fresh produce in 2016.

The program, which is part of the Catholic Charities NH, produced more than 11,200 pounds of fresh vegetables. That’s a record breaking haul of about 3,000 pounds more than in 2015. The broccoli, carrots and other vegetables are part of the 13 million pounds of food the food bank provided last year to needy families - a 61 percent increase from five years ago.

The garden got a boost from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, which provided a $30,000 grant to the food bank. The grant allowed the food bank to help increase the capacity at its one-acre production and extend the growing season into winter with the creation of tunnels.

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