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Students raise funds to buy turkeys for needy families

Cornell Students for Hunger Relief, a program of the Public Service Center, is hosting a monthlong Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Drive to provide 300 turkeys to local residents who are food insecure. Launched Oct. 16 and running through Nov. 16, Students for Hunger Relief is accepting monetary donations to support two food pantries: Groton Food Providers in Tompkins County and Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church in Chemung County.

“Our family has not had a Thanksgiving turkey in four years,” said one grateful recipient of a turkey from last year’s drive. According to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 25,000 residents of Tompkins and Chemung counties are food insecure, and a donation of $12 is enough to provide a whole turkey for a family in need.

Students for Hunger Relief collects donations on Mondays in Statler Hall from 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays in Statler from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., Wednesdays in Trillium from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Thursdays in Trillium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays in Mann Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of any amount can be made in cash or a check made payable to Groton Food Providers or Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church.

This year, thanks to the Cornell Store, the group also will accept credit card donations via the Cornell Store’s PCI-compliant credit card processing portal.

“We are so thankful to the Cornell Store for helping us accept donations online with a credit card,” said Rebecca Liebenthal, Cornell Hunger Relief board president. This will make a huge difference in our collection process and help us feed that many more families this Thanksgiving.”

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