Food drive underway at OSU

Oregon State University’s annual month-long food drive events are kicking off this week with the first of dozens of creative activities, ranging from baked potato bars to Mardi Gras parties. This year’s theme is “Race to End Hunger,” and it runs Jan. 28-March 1.

Last year, OSU employees and students raised more than 647,000 pounds of food for the Linn-Benton Food Share. This effort is 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. Proceeds from the OSU Corvallis campus benefit the non-profit agencies served by Linn-Benton Food Share. These agencies include local food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, day care centers, shelter homes, and gleaning groups in Linn and Benton counties.

Due to the economic downturn, food is even more expensive than previous years. That means donations, especially monetary ones, are even more crucial. According to Shelly Signs, OSU Food Drive organizer, there are 89 teams from across campus, as well as extension offices, an experiment station, and several student groups.

“The Oregon State community has historically been very generous during this drive, and I am sure that this year will be no exception,” Signs said. “We’re always amazed at the creative way units raise money and food during the drive, and we’re excited to see what new events spring up during the next month.”

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 http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/food-drive. 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.

For a calendar of events: http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/food-drive/calendar-events or check OSU Today for daily updates.

To post your own event: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0NHIwqLlgMLhCmN

 

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