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Cornucopia Food Pantry: New Location, Same Need

April 16, 2008

The university’s food pantry, Cornucopia, has moved to the Waysmeet Center on Mill Road to better serve its clients.

The idea of relocating the food bank from Christensen Hall to Waysmeet has been under discussion for three or four years, says Larry Brickner-Wood but it wasn’t until a student at the Thompson School decided to make it her leadership project that it finally happened.

Varalin Newcomer, who is in the community leadership program, first became acquainted with Cornucopia last year when she helped with the food baskets that the food pantry distributes three times a year to members of the university community.

“We’d still be talking about it if she hadn’t taken this on,” Brickner-Wood says, chaplain and executive director of United Campus Ministry.

Moving to the Waysmeet Center means there will always been someone available who can assist people dropping off or picking up food, something that was a problem at the other location if a volunteer couldn’t make their shift.

“People are here all the time so we can easily help out if a volunteer doesn’t show up,” Brickner-Wood says. “We’d know right away.”

What’s more, as grateful as he was for being able to use it, the space at Christensen wasn’t particularly user-friendly, Brickner-Wood says, noting that it wasn’t accessible without a key and entry was through a loading dock.

“With it here, we’ll also be able to have a better sense of the food we’re taking in and people will be able to bring it in any time instead of just the two days when Cornucopia is open,” Brickner-Wood says. “And we’ll have a better sense of when the shelves are empty.”

Cornucopia is open Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. The Waysmeet Center is located at 15 Mill Road.

For more information, go to http://www.unh.edu/cornucopia/. Suggested food donations can be found at http://www.unh.edu/cornucopia/corn_suggest_results.html. To learn more about the Waysmeet Center, visit http://www.unh.edu/campusministry/rescommunity.htm.

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