Nov 16, 2015 6:54 PM
PORTSMOUTH - As the holidays approach, the Seacoast Family Food Pantry is appealing to the public for help in restocking their shelves.
Last year, 250 people waited in line to get food two days before Thanksgiving.
As more and more people are coming in for food, this year they want to be prepared.
"One of the areas we're seeing an increase is seniors. We have a 92% increase - in two years - of people over sixty," said Deb Anthony, Executive Director of the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.
Picking up food today we met sixty-three-year-old David Arseneau, a law enforcement retiree who lost his home and lived on the streets of Portsmouth for about two years. He relied on the weekly food donations to survive.
"Initially I had reservations about coming here because I'm extremely independent., but that dissipated as I met the staff. They turn no one away here," said Arseneau.
Located next to Portsmouth City Hall, the pantry is open to the public.
When NH1 News visited last week, two local mothers were waiting in line with their young children.
"Fifty-percent of the children are living in poverty in some towns on the seacoast, but it's hidden. We're seeing more and more working families struggling," Anthony said.
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