Food Donations Down; Help Cornucopia Fill Thanksgiving Baskets

Food Donations Down; Help Cornucopia Fill Thanksgiving Baskets

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

During the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, the Cornucopia Food Pantry provided 240 food baskets for those in need. They do it every year, three times a year, thanks to the generosity of supporting organizations and members of the UNH community.

This year, however, some of those partners are struggling to get their own donations. As a result, places like the N.H. Food Bank will not be able to help Cornucopia in the capacity it has in the past.

According to Cornucopia’s program coordinator Emily Dickman, because donations have declined across the state, the NH Food Bank will have to limit the amount and kinds of food they contribute to the food basket program this season. Traditionally Cornucopia receives between 100 and 150 turkeys each year from the food bank. This year they aren't getting any.

Consequently, Cornucopia faces the real threat of not having enough resources to provide whole food baskets to the community for the first time in its 16 year history. Yet they remain committed to filling 200 baskets, the average cost of which is $100.

"If everyone on this campus helped out with the food baskets, even just by donating one thing, we would be able to feed everyone who needs help. We need all of the support we can get right now, and every little bit counts," says Catherine Lee, Cornucopia's food basket coordinator. 

Requests for Thanksgiving food baskets will be accepted until Monday Nov. 18. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 25 and baskets will be distributed Nov. 26.

Here's how you can help:

  • Sign up to fill all or part of a food basket.

  • Donate money so Cornucopia can buy the food. (Checks can be made out to the Cornucopia Food Pantry.)

  • Provide gift certificates to local supermarkets to allow recipients to make their own purchases for their holiday meal.

  • Volunteer to help deliver the food baskets Monday Nov. 25 and/or Tuesday, Nov.26.

A list of suggested food donations can be found here.

You can get more information on the Cornucopia Food pantry web page, or email Catherine Lee, food basket coordinator at cex56@wildcats.unh.edu.