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Thanksgiving Offerings Being Collected for Cornucopia Fall Food Baskets

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 3, 2010

Large abstract art of a cornucopia in shades of brown with a smaller picture on top of two girls with lots of donated food

 Last November, the UNH community donated 125 turkeys, 50 hams and enough other food items to fill 205 baskets, helping to assure more than 1,025 people had enough to eat during the Thanksgiving holiday.

It took the effort of nearly 75 volunteers to organize and distribute the offerings whose dollar value exceeded $16,000.

Now, with Thanksgiving just three weeks away, the call is going out again. The Cornucopia Food Pantry, in partnership with the Office of Community Service and Learning, is gathering food, collecting money, and recruiting volunteers to help with this year’s effort.

“We expect the need to be at least that of last year, maybe more,” says Lisa Ciccotelli, program coordinator for the Office of Community Service and Learning. “Our community has been so generous with donations over the years, and we hope to meet the need once again.”

So, if you or folks in your office or department want to donate food, sign up to volunteer or send a check—individually or collectively--use the donation form on the Cornucopia Website or contact Ciccotelli at 2-0079 or lisa.ciccotelli@unh.edu.

For a list of suggest donations, go to http://www.cornucopia.unh.edu/pdf/SuggestedItemsFall.pdf.  Checks can be made payable to the Cornucopia Food Pantry, and all donations are tax deductible.

If you find yourself in need of a basket, simply fill out this request form.

The organizing date for the Thanksgiving baskets is Nov. 22. They will be delivered Nov. 23.

The Cornucopia Food Pantry serves the UNH community’s students, faculty, staff, and their families. Located at the Waysmeet Center, 15 Mill Road, the food pantry is open twice a week throughout the academic year (Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 2 p.m.), and once a week during the summer. Donations and volunteers are welcome throughout the year.

If you are interested in volunteering at other times besides the holidays, check out the opportunities listed here: http://www.cornucopia.unh.edu/pdf/volunteer_corn2010.pdf

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