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Spirit of Giving Food Drive provides more than 1 million meals

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More than 1 million meals were donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank during the Spirit of Giving Food Drive this year.

Food bank officials said that donations of food and money meant that 1,146,298 meals were donated during the annual drive, beating 2016's total by more than 127,000 meals. The food at the New Hampshire Food Bank is distributed to thousands of agencies across that state that help those in need.

"It's great," said Bruce Willson, director of operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank. "We're super happy about that result. However, for the 129,000 food-insecure people in this state, that represents less than a week's worth of food supplied to these people, so it was successful, but it shows that we're nowhere near the 25 million meals that we need in this state to make hungry people full."

NH Food Bank © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. NH Food Bank Officials said the food bank distributed 8 percent more food last year than it did in 2016. As the need grows, officials said they hope to continue to see an increase in donations. Officials said the food bank can turn every dollar that's donated into two meals.

>> How to help: Donate to New Hampshire Food Bank

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