MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team pitched in at the Capital Region Food Program's 42nd Annual Holiday Food Basket Project on Wednesday.
The program collects, purchases and distributes food to individuals, families and social agencies in Concord and the 17 surrounding communities. Through the CRFP Holiday Food Basket Project, over 2,400 families and 7,200 individuals will be assisted with over 2,900 tons of food valued in excess of $2.6 million dollars.
"It was a great experience being able to volunteer at the Capital Region Food Program," senior forward Erin Doherty said. "Knowing that we were able to be a part of something that is helping so many people is a great feeling. Our team always appreciates when the community supports us, so we are happy when we get the opportunity to give back to the community."
What makes this program so unique is there are no paid staff, no administrative costs; all supplies, facilities and printing, as well as items necessary to operate the program, are underwritten or provided as in-kind services. Donated money is used exclusively to purchase food.
While the Holiday Food Basket Project is the CRFP's most visible program, since 1992 it has also purchased and distributed food to area social service agencies on a monthly basis through its Year Round Distribution Project. In 2014, 30 agencies in the greater Concord area received over 38 tons of food, supplementing their efforts to feed the hungry and allowing them to use their limited resources to provide other types of assistance such as rent, medical care, utility payments, etc.
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