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Seacoast Family Food Pantry in Portsmouth seeking new and larger home

PORTSMOUTH – The need to address a growing number of hungry families on the Seacoast is behind the effort to find a new - and larger- home for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.

The pantry currently operates out of City Hall and relies on a generous donor who provides warehouse space at another location for the program, according to

As part of the move, the organization hopes to begin offering programs intended to address some of the underlying causes of hunger, for example, instruction in financial planning and cooking and eating healthy foods.

“I have this strong belief ... that this is a community that could be a great demonstration program about how to make our programming more sustainable more holistic,” Deb Anthony, the pantry's executive director, said.

About 75 percent of the people the pantry helps live in Portsmouth, but it regularly assists people in Hampton, Seabrook and Kittery, Maine.

“We want to make sure we have the ability to stay here and keep serving the people we’re serving, which presently is over 300 families a month,” Anthony said.

The pantry’s leadership is launching a fundraising drive in June that coincides with the pantry’s 200th anniversary.

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