MANCHESTER (December 17, 2007) – Mayor Frank Guinta challenged all Manchester residents and businesses to donate a turkey to the New Horizons Food Pantry, which is currently facing a critical shortage this holiday season.
“I have faith that the generous people of Manchester will do what it can to make sure families in need have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season,” Mayor Guinta said.
Holiday dinner boxes are being delivered to 870 impoverished families in need this Saturday by volunteers of the New Horizons Food Pantry. Right now, New Horizons only has 350 turkeys to give out. “We have all the items to make a nice holiday meal for the many people whom depend upon us except the main item—the turkeys,” said New Horizons food services manager, Mary Silva. “People are having a very difficult time this year. We are hearing lots of stories of people losing jobs, the primary breadwinner becoming ill—all coupled with the high costs of living. This is a tremendously difficult year.”
In addition to turkeys, the pantry has other urgent needs: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruits, baked beans, canned tomatoes, pasta and sauce, diapers and baby food.
All donations can be dropped off at:
New Horizons Food Pantry
199 Manchester St.
The facility is capable of accepting donations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at (603) 668-1877.
The New Horizons Food Pantry provides nutritious foods to an average of 909 Manchester households each month. In the last year, the pantry distributed 16,609 bags of food to Manchester residents experiencing severe financial difficulties.