AUBURN, N.H. (AP) – Community meals are becoming more popular with bargain-seeking families in New Hampshire.

The free or inexpensive meals hosted by churches and other charitable groups aren’t new, but organizers say they’ve seen a surge in attendance this winter.

At Longmeadow Congregational Church in Auburn, more people show up for the community breakfasts than church services. At St. John’s United Methodist Church in Dover, regulars are now bringing their friends to monthly dinners, and there often is a waiting line when the doors open.

In Derry, First Parish Congregational Church began holding free community dinners last summer as the economy worsens. The dinners are scheduled for end of the month when money is the tightest.

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