NH Food Bank to host 19 drive-through pantries in December

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Food Bank is hosting 19 drive-through mobile food pantries during December across the state to meet growing demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The food bank has hosted dozens of mobile food pantries since March.

Food will brought to Lakes Region Community College in Laconia on Dec. 1, 8, and 15 from noon to 2 p.m.; Runnings in Claremont on Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 29 from 10 a.m. to noon; the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine outlet parking lot in Colebrook on Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 31 from noon to 2 p.m.; Chapman's in Gorham on Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 31 from 10 a.m. to noon.; the Comcast parking lot in Manchester on Dec. 4, 11, and 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the New Hampshire Electric Co-Op in Plymouth on Dec. 4. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The New Hampshire Food Bank estimates an additional 71,000 people are now food insecure in the state, meaning one in seven residents don't know where their next meal is coming from.

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THE NUMBERS

More than 19,000 people in New Hampshire have tested positive for the virus, including 547 announced Friday. The Department of Health and Human Services said that number reflects results received through Wednesday; because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Saturday's update will include numbers for Thursday and Friday. Three new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 517.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has risen over the past two weeks from 237 new cases per day on Nov. 12 to 357 new cases per day on Nov. 26.