New England Patriots donate 8,600 cans of soup to New Hampshire Food Bank

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By: CHRISTINE DELONG WHEELER 

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The New England Patriots are helping to put hot food on the table for thousands of Granite Staters.

Dont'a Hightower visited the New Hampshire Food Bank on Tuesday, bringing 8,600 cans of soup with him.

That adds up to 25 cans for every point the Patriots scored in October and November.

"What they do here is amazing... I just learned that they put kids through a culinary class and learn to cook and give back to the Boys and Girls Club. There's a lot of great things going on," Hightower said.

"When you have one in nine people in New Hampshire -- friends, neighbors, co-workers -- who are food insecure, it's 365 days a year and three meals a day. It's a daunting task," said Nancy Mellitt, of the NHFB.

Looking to show some good will? The Walmart store on Gold Street in Manchester will accept donations toward WMUR's Spirit of Giving Food Drive until the end of the week.