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It was a rainy and cold Saturday, however that did not stop the NH Tackles Hunger event!

WMUR teamed up with the New Hampshire Food Bank and worked with high school football teams, including the Windham High School football team, to tackle hunger in New Hampshire. At the WHS football team’s October 13th game, Shepherd’s Pantry volunteers were there to collect food and donations from fans before the game.

The Windham High School football team also collected food donations during the week for the Pantry.

In total, 640 lbs of food was collected for Shepherd’s Pantry!

Thank you to all the volunteers, the Windham High School football team, and everyone who came to the game to support the NH Tackles Hunger event!

The Women’s Service Club of Windham ran their annual Coat and Sweater Drive this weekend.

Each year Club members collect and distribute sweaters and coats to Pantry clients and others, spreading warmth where it’s needed. Many thanks to the Women’s Service Club for all their good works.

Thanks to Zoe Markris, who once again asked her friends to donate items to the Shepherd’s Pantry in lieu of presents on her birthday.

Zoe Makris with her Mom and Lori Johnson

Happy Birthday Zoe. Thanks so much!

(More gratitude on our Thanks! page.)

NH Food Bank Nothing Campaign

Each day thousands of New Hampshire Residents eat nothing.

The New Hampshire Food Bank is selling cans of Nothing at participating grocery stores statewide. The cans are empty and represent the reality that more than 10% of our New Hampshire friends and neighbors face every day: hunger. Please click on the can of Nothing for more information.

Amazon Smile will triple their donation amount from 0.5% to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase between the dates of March 12th and March 31st.
So first time purchasers, go to, instead of and designate Shepherd’s Pantry, Inc. as your designated charity. You can order just about everything on as you can on and the Pantry gets a portion of your purchase amount.

It was the beginning of Christmas at Shepherd’s Pantry today as volunteers began the distribution of special food items for Christmas along with the standard Pantry food order.  In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Pantry, hams were purchased for the families (turkeys were also available as an option.) In addition they received Pancake mix and syrup, pineapple and  fresh potatoes, onions, carrots and oranges. The clients were very grateful and full of thanks to those who support the pantry.

Pantry Volulnteers with special Christmas food items

Thanks to the Happy Feet Dance School of Windham, which organized a Holiday Fundraiser and collected $3500 for the Shepherd’s Pantry. Thanks so much!

(More gratitude on our Thanks! page.)

The Shepherd’s Pantry distributes special Thanksgiving baskets with fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner, including a turkey, on the two Mondays before Thanksgiving. Pantry volunteers sorted and distributed baskets to the first group of clients on Monday Nov 13.

Twenty five years ago two women from Windham, Sue Kling and Laura Marcille had the idea at the same time to start a Food Pantry in Windham to assist needy families in Southern NH with basic groceries. Sue Kling was a member of St Matthews Church and Laura Marcille was a member the Windham Presbyterian Church. After 25 years of operation the Pantry is helping about 100 families each week providing them with one or two bags of groceries plus meat, bread, eggs, fresh vegetables, fruit and some items for personal care.

As a way of marking this anniversary the Shepherd’s Pantry group of 94 volunteers decided to donate and dedicate a shrub at each of the founder’s churches.

At St Matthew Church on Sunday September 24th, a Flaming Silver Lily of the Valley Andromeda shrub was dedicated with a plaque remembering Sue Kling and the Pantry Anniversary. The Knights of Columbus from St Matthew donated the shrub and the plaque. Boy Scout Alex Girata assisted with the planting of the shrub.

A second shrub was dedicated at Windham Presbyterian Church on Monday October 23 with a plaque in honor of Laura Marcille and the Pantry Anniversary.
Laura, who now lives in Florida, was unexpectedly in the area the day before the planned dedication and was able to view the shrubs and plaque. Rich Parow, a Shepherd’s Pantry volunteer and employee of Lake Street Garden Center in Salem was responsible for shrub and plaque  selections and arranging for these donations. Boy Scout Alex Girata assisted Rich with the plantings.