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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 its goal.

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:

http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/cornucopia/food_pantry.html#Donation

Holiday Basket Checklist


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