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Cornucopia Faces Critical Shortage; Donations Needed

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 16, 2009

The Cornucopia Food Pantry has never turned down a request for help. This year they face that possibility.

Three times a year, including the December holidays, Cornucopia provides food baskets to faculty and staff  in need. As of today, they have requests for 180 baskets and only enough food to fill 50.

In an appeal letter to the UNH community, Larry Brickner-Wood and Lisa Ciccotelli describe the gap as “huge” and ask for help in four ways:

  1. Fill a basket (using the food checklist below) and drop it off at the Waysmeet Center by Thursday morning, Dec. 17.

  2. Make a financial donation so food can be purchased for the baskets, which cost about $80 including a $20 gift certificate. (Tax deductible checks can be made payable to the Cornucopia Food Pantry.)

  3. Provide food or donate money toward gift certificates to local supermarkets.

  4. Volunteer on Wednesday, Dec. 16 to help organize and assemble baskets and pick up donations from N.H. Food Bank and around campus; and, on Thursday, Dec. 17, assist people picking up baskets.

Food basket donations checklist:

Potatoes (5-pounds)
Carrots   (3-pounds)
Onions   (5-pounds)
Fresh fruit (oranges, apples, pineapples, etc.)
Eggs, milk, cheeses
Herbs and spices
Flour, sugar, baking powder, extracts, other baking items
Pancake mix and syrup (2 each)
Muffin and/or corn bread mixes (2 boxes)
Pie crust mix and filling (2 each)
Cookie, brownie or cake mixes
Basmati or other rice (2 boxes or bags)
Hot or cold cereal (2 boxes)
Pasta and sauce mixes; macaroni and cheese (2 boxes)
Gift certificate to Durham Market Place, Market Basket, Hannafords ($25 suggested)

For more information go to http://www.cornucopia.unh.edu/.

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