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Students Take On Hunger and Raise More Than $1,700

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 28, 2007

The Cornucopia Food Pantry and the New Hampshire Food Bank are the recipients of money raised by UNH students as part of Take on Hunger, an initiative supported by multiple organizations on campus.

The recent effort to collect money for the food banks was spearheaded by students Lauren Lipes and Meghann MacCurrach, officers and members of the Student Nutrition Association. More than $1,700 was raised through donations solicited at the hockey and football games played during UNH’s Family Weekend at the end of October.

Cornucopia helps UNH students, staff, faculty and their families. On average, three to five families are served each week. Last year, about 250 people benefited from the program. Additionally, the food pantry provided 150 food baskets during the 2006 holidays.

The New Hampshire Food Bank services the entire state. For every dollar donated, they are able to provide people who are at risk with enough food for about four meals. Additionally, the food pantry has worked to increase the availability and distribution of high quality, nutritious foods to a network of other food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s programs and elderly meal sites that feed the hungry.

As the only food bank in New Hampshire, they help feed more than 95,000 people across the state through 340 member agencies state-wide.

Almost 7.5 percent of New Hampshire residents live in poverty and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Many have to make tough financial decisions every day; 42 percent of Granite Staters in need have to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.

Right now, the N.H. Food Bank and Cornucopia’s supplies are low. Urgently needed items include canned vegetables, fruits, stews, soups, tuna, salmon and chicken, peanut butter, pasta, rice and dried beans, tomato sauce, potatoes, onions, eggs, meat, herbs and spices, baking staples such as flour, sugar and oils, tea, coffee and juice (100 percent) in nonbreakable containers. Soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion and other hygiene items are also needed.

Online donations to the New Hampshire Food Bank can be made at http://www.nhfoodbank.org/Pages/DonateFood.html.

The Cornucopia Food Pantry, located on the ground floor of Christensen Hall, is open Wednesday, 4-5:30 p.m., Friday-noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Donations can be dropped off there or at the Waysmeet Center at 15 Mill Road. Or call Cornucopia at 2-4820. Gift certificates and cash donations (which are tax deductible) are also welcome.

For a list of items people who use Cornucopia have said they need go to http://www.cornucopia.unh.edu/corn_suggest_results.html.

Take On Hunger is supported by the department of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, the Office of Health Education and Promotion at Health Services, University Hospitality Services, the Thompson School’s Community Leadership Program, the Office of Community Services and Learning, Athletics, OXFAM UNH, Cornucopia Food Pantry and the Student Nutrition Association.

For further information on Take on Hunger, contact Suzanne Sonneborn at Suzanne.sonneborn@unh.edu. To contact the N.H Food Bank, go to www.nhfoodbank.org. Cornucopia’s Web address is www.cornucopia.unh.edu.

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