Cornucopia Seeks Help With Holiday Baskets
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 12, 2007
In the next few weeks, the Cornucopia Food Pantry hopes to provide more than
100 holiday food baskets to those in need.
Each year they rely on members of the UNH community to sponsor baskets so
they don’t have to deplete their much-needed supplies. To date they have
commitments for about 20 baskets, leaving them scurrying to fill the gap.
Larry Brickner-Wood, pastor, chaplain and executive director of United Campus
Ministry, is asking people to partner with friends and colleagues or other
resources to provide either a basket or cash donations to help Cornucopia meet
The Cornucopia Food Pantry serves the UNH community, students, staff, faculty
and their families. During the Thanksgiving holiday they were able to give
out 125 food baskets, thanks to volunteers and community partners such as the
Thompson School of Applied Science Community Leadership Program, the Waysmeet
Center and the Office of Community Service and Learning.
The Thanksgiving baskets, with a dollar value of approximately $7,500 of donated
goods, fed more than 800 people. Organizers hope to match that record for the
upcoming holiday. To do that, many people will have to step forward.
“We are committed to providing food baskets to all those who need and
request them, and we need your help to do that,” Brickner-Wood says.
Suggestions of fresh foods for the baskets include onions, carrots, potatoes,
spices, herbs, flour, sugar, and anything else that won't go bad in a day or
two. The food pantry has a freezer and refrigerator so juice, meats, eggs,
frozen foods and such are welcome to support ongoing needs.
Non-food items, such as paper products, household items, personal hygiene
items, etc. are also needed. Cornucopia will also accept gift certificates
and cash donations, which are tax deductible. Checks can be made to Cornucopia
Food Pantry or the United Campus Ministry.
To request a food basket for yourself or someone else, or to find out more
about making a donation, visit:
Holiday Basket Checklist