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For Immediate Release

August 28, 2003

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

NH STATE PRISON DONATES FRESH PRODUCE TO FOOD BANKS

(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner Phil Stanley announced that vegetables grown at the New Hampshire State Prison farm are being offered to Concord area food banks.

"This has been a banner year for crops at the prison farm and we are inviting local organizations and food banks to share in the harvest,' Commissioner Stanley said.

"A variety of vegetables are grown annually to help supplement prison menus while providing offenders with skills in horticulture," Commissioner Stanley added.

The prison farm is a branch of Prison Industries. Inmates assigned to the farm harvest over 67,000 pounds of corn, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini squash, peppers, and tomatoes on 110 acres each year. It is then provided to the prison's food service and used to deliver nutritionally balanced meals for the inmates.

Supplies are limited based on the growing season. Non-profit organizations interested in picking up some of this produce should contact the NH Department of Corrections Warehouse at (603) 271-1858.

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