Many ways to participate in OSU food drive this month

Last year, the OSU campus donated more than 541,000 pounds of food to the Linn-Benton Food Share, which serves food banks across two counties. This year, during the month-long food drive, organizers are hoping to raise the bar even higher with a 580,000 pound goal.

“There are so many ways to participate in the fundraiser, from choosing to buy your lunch at one of the department and college lunch events, to donating a little each month out of your paycheck,” said food drive organizer Kate Sanders of University Events. “Every donation counts toward our goal, and makes a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors who might otherwise go hungry.”

There are a number of ways to participate in this month’s food drive. You can write a check or make a cash donation through your department’s food drive coordinator. You can make a monthly contribution by clicking on the link provided on the food drive home page at You can plan or support a food drive event — there are dozens across campus this year. Or you can bring in canned or dried foods to donate in your office.

The food drive is held in conjunction with the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. The resources gathered by county Extension offices, Experiment Stations, Cascades Campus and Centers associated with OSU go to their local food banks. Agencies who benefit include local food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, day care centers, shelter homes, and gleaning groups in Linn and Benton counties.

Check out OSU Today for daily updates on food drive events happening on campus. Find out who your department food drive coordinator is and ask them how to help. Or contact organizer Kate Sanders at for more ideas.

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