NH Food Bank

A program that organizers say was a critical lifeline for low-income residents of New Hampshire’s northernmost towns has closed.

The Pittsburg Area Community Service food pantry and thrift shop opened on Pittsburg’s Main Street six years ago, run entirely by volunteers.

But when the building’s owner notified organizers earlier this year that its lease would not be renewed, that led to its closure Saturday after a new home couldn’t be found in time.

Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The New Hampshire Food Bank has been struggling to keep up with the demand of a growing number of residents. And these challenges might be compounded by budget cuts proposed by Congress.