Mission And Programming

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OUR MISSION

At Lakes Region Food Pantry we strive to help meet the needs of individuals and families facing food insecurity.  We offer food, food vouchers, personal care products, cooking classes, and other programs.  We provide these services while respecting the dignity of each individual.

REGULAR PROGRAMMING AND SPECIAL FUNDS

BI-WEEKLY FOOD ASSISTANCE

Our clients are eligible to pick up non-perishable foods, frozen foods and fresh foods (when available) every two weeks. Choices generally include cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, vegetables, fruits, soup, peanut butter, beans, rice and other foods. When available, we also provide diapers, soap, dish detergent, laundry detergent, and other personal care items.

VOUCHER PROGRAM

We offer monthly vouchers to our clients for the purchase of fresh fruits & vegetables, eggs and fresh meats at E. M. Heath (Center Harbor) or Hannaford (Meredith). During the Corona Virus Pandemic, we increased the value of these vouchers and included dairy products, paper products, and cleaning products to the vouchers. Our voucher program is a valuable tool for our clients, empowering them to make healthier choices for their families.

COOKING CLASSES

We are partnering with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and the Center Harbor Congregational Church to provide ongoing 6-week cooking classes that facilitate lasting improvements to families’ ability to plan, purchase and prepare foods together that are healthy, delicious and low-cost. These classes are led by a certified nutritionist. We have offered classes for adults as well as classes for families with children. This has been a wonderful experience for all those who have participated. Our volunteers and staff members enjoy the interactions with our clients and this has been a great way to receive feedback from our clients about our programming and the ways to improve it.

SNEAKER PROGRAM

This program allows qualifying, low income children in the Moultonborough and InterLakes School systems to choose a brand new pair of sneakers for the upcoming school year. Thanks to Bootleggers Footwear in Meredith, these children have fun picking the sneakers of their choice.

SANTA FUND

This fund is used to provide gifts for families referred to us through the annual local Christmas Program coordinated by the Moultonborough Public Library.

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM

Students residing in qualifying, low income households within the Moultonborough and InerLakes School systems are eligible to receive vouchers for nutritious foods throughout the summer months. These vouchers may be redeemed at Heath’s Supermarket in Center Harbor and Hannaford Supermarket in Meredith.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This fund provides four $500.00 scholarships to local high school seniors and students who are already enrolled in further education classes. The criteria for application submittal is a strong background in community volunteerism.

All programming is provided through generous donors and support to our thrift shop.

If you are interested in supporting one or more of these funds, it’s easy to do so! We accept checks, cash donations, and PayPal donations. For more directions on making your donation, visit the Donations tab on this website.

If you have any questions or if you would like to come in for a visit, please give us a call or come in any time we are open!

Thank you for your partnership.

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About Our Nonprofit

FOUNDED

October 2012 and granted Federal tax-exempt status
Federal Tax ID# 36-4743975

BYLAWS

Board of Directors meets bi-monthly, 3rd Friday of the month (except July and August)

Annual Meeting held in November

Executive Committee Officers – President / Vice President /   Secretary / Treasurer /Assistant Treasurer

ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES

Federal Government Poverty Guidelines

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Quarterly – New Hampshire Food Bank

Annual – IRS 990

INSURANCE

Melcher & Prescott – Property / D&O / Liability / Worker’s Comp

FOOD DONATIONS

Heath’s Supermarket, Moulton Farm, 100 Acre Farm (Moultonborough), area summer camps, Ledgewood Farm, Moultonborough Public Library, Moultonborough Central School and other food drives, as well as individuals.

FOOD SUPPLIERS (purchased)

New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester

Heath’s Supermarket, Dollar Tree, Market Basket, Shaw’s, Walmart, Hannaford

STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Executive Director

Assistant Executive Director/Volunteer Coordinator

20+ volunteers

FUNDRAISING

Annual Silent Auction

Thrift Store – All items are donated and all proceeds directly support the Food Pantry

Donors include: Bald Peak, Altrusa, Moultonborough Women’s Club, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Melcher & Prescott, Interlakes Dental, Electrical Installations, Target, Shaw’s Supermarkets. All donors not listed.