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Food Shortage – Last Chance to Help Cornucopia

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 15, 2010

As of Monday, Cornucopia Food Pantry had received 26 of the 150 food baskets that have been requested from members of the university community for the holiday season. Cash donations total $235, which will fill almost four baskets. So, only 120 more to go.

The same need—and shortage—existed last month during collections for Thanksgiving food baskets. That need was met, according to Larry Brickner-Wood, university chaplain, after an urgent last-minute appeal to the UNH and Durham communities.

“Student organizations, departments, offices, sports teams, club teams, individuals, the Community Church of Durham, the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Durham Police Department, Durham businesses and community members responded to the last minute appeal with gifts of food, donations of money, and time, and a wonderful heartfelt response to a tremendous need in our communities,” Brickner-Wood says.

The baskets served more than 700 people with approximately 7,000 pounds of food for a dollar value of more than $14,000. 

Now, another last minute appeal is being issued. If you or your office can help, please drop donations off at the Cornucopia Food Pantry at the Waysmeet Center, 15 Mill Road, by Thursday, Dec. 16, or call the food pantry to arrange pickup at 2-1165. Volunteers are needed Dec. 16 and 17 to the package food and deliver baskets.

“We have even fewer volunteers and donations for this round of baskets,” Brickner-Wood says. “But we have confidence that this very generous community will rise to the challenge once again so that our brothers and sisters in the community do not go hungry during the winter holidays.”

He noted that even in the midst of great need, there are inspiring stories of generosity. The mother of a student donated 40 handmade scarves to be given to those in need. A local Girl Scout troop is providing several food baskets along with handmade cards for each. 

Winter coats will be offered to those who have requested food baskets, thanks to a collection conducted by the Oyster River Middle School. The Durham/Great Bay Rotary Club is donating several turkeys again this year. And anyone who brings in a food donation to Young’s Restaurant will get a free coffee or drink; if you bring in a ham or turkey during the month of December, you’ll get 50 percent off your meal.

“It is a challenge to meet such great need in these terrible economic times, but we are committed to meeting every need and to never turning anyone away.  We have a generous community, and I know we can rise to the challenge,” Brickner-Wood says. “No donation of food, money, gift cards or time is too small.  Every little bit helps.”

Anyone willing to donate food, money, gift cards or time should contact Brickner-Wood at larry.brickner-wood@unh.edu , 2-1165, or Lisa Ciccotelli at lisa.ciccotelli@unh.edu, 2-0079, or Waysmeet Cornucopia coordinator Stacey Hoang at stg9@unh.edu, 2-1165. More information can be found at www.cornucopia.unh.edu

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