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Take Stock: Cornucopia in Need

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 26, 2008

While donations to Cornucopia have been ‘fairly normal’ for this time of year, the university food pantry hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, says its coordinator Stephen Luber.

Cornucopia provides food and other support to UNH students, faculty, and their families. Typically three to five families are served each week.

A rise in the number of people seeking assistance could be a symptom of the sagging economy; home heating costs are up, as is the price of gasoline and wheat products. The overall cost of living has continued to creep up as well and, for many people, increases in salaries have not kept pace.

Whatever the reasons, Cornucopia is feeling the pinch.

“The intake hasn’t kept up with the uptake,” Luber said. “We’ve seen more people taking advantage of Cornucopia’s services.”

As a result, Luber is putting out the call to let people know the food bank is in need of donations. Suggested items include canned goods—fruits, vegetables, soups, juice-- and nonperishable food items such as pasta, rice, cereal and bread mixes and health and beauty aids such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste. Household goods—paper towels, toilet paper, napkins--are also needed.

Gift certificates and cash donations, which are tax deductible, are welcomed as well. Checks can be made out to the Cornucopia Food Pantry or the United Campus Ministry.

Cornucopia, located on the ground floor of Christensen Hall, is open Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30, Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, contact Luber at 2-1889 or the food pantry directly at 2-4820.

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