Spring 2013 Earth Day Baskets
Greetings! The Cornucopia Food Pantry is providing Earth Day food baskets again for the spring season at UNH, in celebration of Earth Day and our own abundant spirit in our community. These baskets will have a variety of wholesome and nutritious foods, including gift certificates for you and your family.
They will be organized on April 16th and distributed on April 17th. We welcome volunteers and donations and you can e-mail Megan, our coordinatror, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can provide volunteer time or assistance!
If you would like to make a donation please see our donation page for suggestions. We are constantly trying to determine how we can better serve our community, and we welcome your ideas and suggestions. Peace to you and your loved ones and let us know if we can help at all in any way We are grateful that you are a part of our community.
Notice: Cornucopia will not be open on Tuesday April 16th, 2013 to allow us to focus all of our energies on the earth day food baskets.
Welcome to New Coordinators
We are pleased to welcome and add our Cornucopia Coordinators for Spring, 2013, Kelsey MacDonald, Jennifer Sheehan and Emily Dickman, to our team! Kelsey is a first year student majoring in Nutrition. Jennifer is a senior majoring in Business, and Emily is a sophomore majoring in Social Work with a minor in Women's Studies. They are doing an exceptional job! They can be reached at the Waysmeet office at 6-30862-1165 or email@example.com.
Cornucopia has changed its weekly schedule. We are now open on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 12-2 p.m.
We need action Heros and Sheroes for our food rescue Operations! Help us get food to those in need with pick up At local Businesses and staffing weekend hours for Fresh food to be served to customers! Food and justice for all!
We are always in need of volunteers and any contribution is greatly appreciated and welcome. Use our "Ways to Help Out at Cornucopua Food Pantry" flyer to learn how you can help and who to contact. Should you ever have any questions please feel free to email Cornucopia at the Waysmeet Center at any time.
Waysmeet Center Volunteers
The Cornucopia Food pantry is active in growing its Food Rescue/Food Recovery programs. Food Rescue (Aka Food Recovery) Food rescue, is the
"practice of safely retrieving edible food that would otherwise go to waste, and distributing it to those in need. The recovered food is edible, but often not saleable. Products that are at or past their "sell by" dates or are imperfect in any way – a bruised apple or day-old bread – are donated by grocery stores, food vendors, restaurants, and farmers markets. Other times, the food is unblemished, but restaurants may have made or ordered too much, or may have edible pieces of food (such as scraps of fish or meat) that are byproducts of process of preparing foods to cook and serve. In addition, food manufacturers may donate product that marginally fails quality control or that has become short-dated."
The Cornucopia Food pantry is proud to be expanding our food rescue operations, and is very grateful to the following local businesses for their generosity in helping Cornucopia "feed the masses."
- Trader's Joes
- Hannaford Supermarkets
- What a Crock soup (Jenkins Court in Durham)
- Bagel Works (Durham Shopping Plaza)
- Big Bean Cafe (Newmarket)
- When Pigs Fly Bakery
- Durham Marketplace
- Young's Restaurant
- NH Food Bank
We have been blessed to receive a regular weekly donation from the new Trader Joe's in Newington. That donation, combined with other food rescue operations and NH Food Bank donations, provides food to keep our shelves reasonably well stocked.
Some of the food needs to be distributed quickly, and in response to that need, we are starting a weekend "Cornucopia Free Market."
Each Saturday and Sunday starting October 6th, we will have fresh food available for distribution from 11-12 each day. The regular food pantry will not be open those days, but we will have fresh food that needs to be distributed available on a first come, first serve basis.
Please come check out what is there and enjoy some wonderful nutritious and healthy food!
Gabrielle Moen is our new Cornucopia Coordinator. Gabrielle is a sophomore at UNH in the Community Leadership program and is off to a great start! Gabrielle can be reached at 862-1165 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucianne Collado is our 2012-13 Social Work intern, and will be assisting Gabrielle and working with individuals with other needs beside food. Lucy is also working on immigration and refugee issues and assistance. She can be reached at email@example.com
Megan Brabec is our Community Service and Volunteer Coordinator and will be helping us get volunteers to Cornucopia and our Waysmeet Center projects and programs. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sage Gale is our Sustainability Coordinator and Outreach leader. Sage will be helping us become more sustainable and energy efficient, and also lead some of our off campus service trips. Sage is at email@example.com.
We want to extend our deep gratitude to Ariana Pinette, who coordinated the Cornucopia Food Pantry for the summer. Ariana did a tremendous job, and implemented several new systems to make our distribution of food and the experiences of our customers more appealing. Even as our demand for food has grown, Ariana helped to continue to serve people and do so with kindness, compassion, love and respect.
Ariana was so graciously assisted by a wonderful summer crew which included Zane Pokorny, Emily Dickman, Gene Peace, Kaitlyn Peterson, Max Harris, Stacey Hoang and many others. Thank you all for your wonderful service!