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Food program helps hungry families

The Capital Region Food Program has been working to reduce hunger in the greater Concord area since 1974. As you may know, the program oversees two major hunger relief programs. The first program, our Holiday Food Basket Project, occurs over a 10-day period each December and provides participating families with two boxes of food, including poultry, for a holiday meal and up to two weeks of food. Our first project served just more than 100 families in Concord. In 2012, more than 2,500 Concord-area families were assisted through this effort.

Our second program, the Year Round Distribution Project, provides up to 20 cases of food each month to approximately 30 area food pantries and social service agencies. We purchase the food from our local partner, Associated Grocers of New England, and give it to the participating agencies at no cost. In 2012, the Year Round Distribution Project purchased and distributed more than 40 tons of food.

We are an all-volunteer organization and could not do what we do without the dedicated support of our many volunteers, sponsors and contributors. Each dollar of revenue raised through non-targeted donations is used to purchase food. We have no paid staff and all administrative related expenses are fully underwritten. Thus, donors can be certain that their entire donation will be used to purchase food for a needy area family or individual.

Our website contains information about the organization, our two major programs, our partner agencies, and coming events. The site also explains how you may volunteer with, or donate to, our organization. If you are interested in supporting our mission, please to use the “Contact Us” link to send us an email.

(Steven Painchaud is the chairman of the Capital Region Food Program.)

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