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Cornell Students for Hunger Relief (CHR) is a program of the Public Service Center. CHR works to learn about the hunger situation in our local community, the food wastage at Cornell, and what individuals can do to help. CHR attempts to alleviate hunger insecurity in Ithaca and Tompkins County by encouraging students and community members to make donations to be channeled into the community in need.


In the Fall, we facilitate our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Drive. In 2016, we collected thousands of dollars in funds to provide 300 turkeys to families in the community!  The money was donated to Groton Food Providers to purchase turkeys for families who can't afford meals for the holiday. Our goal for the Fall 2017 semester is to provide 500 turkeys to the local community!

Throughout the year, we also participate in Mobile Food Pantry visits through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. As part of these visits, we help distribute food to community members in need. Most recently, in September of 2017, we volunteered with the Mobile Food Pantry to distribute fresh produce and other grocery items at the Salvation Army in Downtown Ithaca.

During the Spring semester, we run our Big Red Food Drive. The Big Red Food Drive is our campus-wide food donation effort that encourages students to use the unspent BRBs they have at the end of the year to purchase non-perishable food items that we then donate to Tompkins County residents who are unable to obtain enough food for themselves. We also encourage students to donate excess food items from their dorm rooms and apartments to this end-of-year food drive.


Students for Hunger Relief


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