As public health concerns over COVID-19 spread and communities across the state work together to reduce impacts and adjust to changes, the NH Food Alliance is committed to providing our network with the information and resources needed to help our local food and farm economy. The following information is to keep the food system community informed and aware of actions and activities we can take - please feel free to share this page widely!
We want to know what your business, organization, or community is doing to respond to COVID-19, and what your needs are from others! Join our listserv to send out a notice, share a resource, or spread information to the entire NH food system network. Please note you must be a member of the listserv to send a message. After you join, email NH.FoodSystem@lists.unh.edu to send a message.
This information is NOT meant to replace general updates and health information about COVID-19 from the CDC website or the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We encourage you to approach health concerns keeping those most vulnerable in mind - senior citizens and those with a compromised immune system.
If you are searching for places to buy NH local food, visit our "Buy Local" page here!
Recent News Articles and Announcements:
- Coronavirus Food Systems Media Articles - a large collection of articles started by Michigan State University graduate student and research assistant Vanessa García Polanco, and added to by others across the nation!
- How to Find Connections and Community While Practicing Social Distancing in N.H. (NHPR)
- As coronavirus spreads, so does community's generosity (Keene Sentinel)
- How you can help your community during the coronavirus (New Haven Register)
- Many NH grocery stores and co-ops are now offering early hours for seniors and those with compromised immune systems, including Market Basket, Hannaford, Hanover Co-op Food Stores, The Concord Co-op, and more! Call ahead to ask or check your local stores Facebook page!
Farming, Markets, & Food Producers:
- With NH Farmers Markets Closed, Seacoast Growers Plow Ahead with Delivery (NHPR)
- Some U.S. Farmers Boxed In By Coronavirus Outbreak (NHPR)
- As coronavirus spreads, farmers fear market closures and lost income (the FERN)
Food Access & Nutrition:
- Nashua Superintendent On COVID-19: Feeding Kids Is First Priority (Patch)
- What It Feels Like To Depend Upon The Food Bank To Feed Your Kids
- School Districts use buses to deliver meals, homework (Union Leader)
Restaurants, Food Businesses, and Service Workers:
- New Hampshire restaurants, supermarkets, distributors struggle through coronavirus crisis (NH Business Review)
- Local Restaurants Brace for Economic Impact of Coronavirus (NHPR)
- Coronavirus newest threat to NH economy (Seacoast Online) (UNH angle)
- Wine Me Dine Me: How to help our restaurant workers (Foster’s Daily Democrat)
- NH Department of Agriculture COVID-19 News and Resource Page: The department is providing additional curated guidance documents about COVID19 as pertains to agriculture.
- UNH Extension COVID-19 Resource Page: An extensive collection of resources including pages for restaurant owners and small businesses, food producers and growers, children's activities, and more!
- UNH Extension Food Access Mapping: If you have a food-access site, fill out this brief survey which will help connect communities to food-access resources and needs around our state. Extension will map the food access sites across the state, and locations seeking food donations!
- Institutional Food Systems and COVID-19: Resource Guide: A whole page of resources by Farm to Institution New England with news, guides, and advice for institutions and dining services in the region.
- Industry United Facebook Group: dedicated to informing and educating the restaurant industry about the COVID-19 outbreak. It is a place to ask questions pertaining to your restaurant, staff, safety and general information.
- Small Business Resource & Adaptation: If you are a small business or work for one, here are some lessons learned and recommended actions.Some of the references are specific to New Hampshire.
- Virtual Aid Drive by the NH Food Bank: monetary donations to the New Hampshire Food Bank to purchase food needed by the 143,000 individuals who are food insecure in the state. A virtual food drive enables us to get more food to the over 400 partner agencies we work with much faster. Please note that the NH Food Bank has suspended volunteer opportunities until further notice.
- Food Pantries in NH: A comprehensive list of food pantries and soup kitchens that are connected to the NH Food Bank, all across the state. Consider making a donation to the one in your community!
- Join an online community spreadsheet for mutal aid opportunities - there are Google Sheets for the communities of Manchester, Concord, and also the Seacoast region.
Emergency Funding & Grants:
- Granite United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund: The Fund allows Granite United Way to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need.
- US Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance: U.S. Small Business Administration is offering small businesses owners in all states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- NH Employment Security Financial Assistance: NH residents who are laid off, in quarantine, caring for family members or watching over children are now eligible for immediate financial assistance - including food service workers affected by the state’s order to have restaurants and bars immediately move to take-out dining services only. The benefits will take effect immediately, and the ordinary one-week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance will be waived. Call the Unemployment Assistance Hotline at 603-271-7700 for more information.
- New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund: built by the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) and the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Education Foundation to support employees of the hospitality industry who have been impacted by COVID-19.
- Emergency Relief Fund for Restaurant Workers: A GoFundMe run by The Industry Guild, for restaurant workers in Dover, Newington, Portsmouth, Rye and Kittery which will be dispersed to those in the most need.
- New England Grassroots Environment Fund's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund: Small grant (up to $1,000) program available to grassroots groups responding to local needs and building resilience in their community in response to the COVID19 pandemic and associated events.
- No Kid Hungry Coronavirus Grant Request: for school districts and community organizations to submit an inquiry for grants to support nutrition programs in their communities.
- American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund: awards farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers.
Want information that is more specific to your region? Try visiting the websites of some of our regional partners (linked below).