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Baskets of Hope – Time to Give

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 12, 2008

The staff at the UNH Foundation and the folks at the Alumni Association have already plucked one turkey and they’re working on a second. When they’re done, they will have enough fixings to provide five baskets to the Cornucopia Food Drive.

Kate Hanson’s Community Leadership Program students are organizing the project for Cornucopia and have received commitments from dozens of  departments and staff members to donate baskets. Student organizations, residence halls and sororities and fraternities also have pledged to help.

That means at least 90 families in the UNH/Durham community will receive a food basket for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I am so impressed with the numbers of people and organizations who have come forward this year to help ensure that everyone in our community has a bountiful Thanksgiving,” Hanson says. “We’ve heard from more than 75 departments, offices, student organizations and dormitories as well as from dozens of people offering to help us organize and deliver the baskets. We welcome any contributions to this effort.”

This year, for the first time since the Community Leadership Program has been involved with the food drive, dietetic tech students are working with The Bagelry, which has donated day-old bagels from which the students are making bagel chips. A bag of chips will go in each basket.

The students also are participating in Spread the Bread, a national program that encourages people to bake and give bread to those in need. So far, more than 100 loaves have been made for Cornucopia.

And, the department of University Communication and Marketing is collecting food for holiday baskets as well.

Staff members at the Alumni Association and the Foundation are making their giving fun with “Help a Family, Pluck a Feather.” They made a turkey out of construction paper whose tail feathers have a different food written on each one: stuffing; potatoes; turkey; vegetables. Staff members ‘pluck’ the turkey and bring in the item on the feather. Participation has been so great, they’re on the second turkey.

Food donations are needed by Monday, Nov. 24. Cash donations, (it costs about $80 to put together one basket) which are tax deductible also are helpful; checks can be made payable to Cornucopia Food Pantry. Gift cards also are welcome. If you want someone to pick up your contribution, contact Lisa Ciccotelli at 2-0079 or at lisa.ciccotelli@unh.edu.

Baskets will be delivered in partnership with Cornucopia and the leadership program.

A list of suggested foods to donate can be found at http://www.cornucopia.unh.edu/pdf/food_list_f08.pdf

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