Employee and Family Service Project

Food pantry

Food insecurity is a growing issue in Oregon (photo: Larry Pribyl)

OSU faculty, staff and their families are encouraged to participate in the third annual OSU Employee and Family Service Project on Feb. 22 in Corvallis. This year, two community service events in the area will focus on food insecurity.

Two projects will be offered on Feb. 22, one with the Linn Benton Food Share (9-11 a.m.) and one with Produce for the People (9:30 a.m. to noon). This event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and is part of the OSU Food Drive month. All of the donations collected during the OSU Food Drive benefit Linn Benton Food Share. This is an opportunity for the OSU community to provide direct service in addition to food and monetary donations to address local food insecurity.

The Food Share event takes place at 33747 Looney Lane, Tangent. Participants will help to pack non-perishable foods to be distributed to local food banks, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters (all agencies served by Linn Benton Food Share). Children are welcome.

Produce for the People takes place at the community garden attached to the Westside Community Church at 4000 S.W. Western Blvd., Corvallis. Participants will work to winterize the garden, dig pathways, spread leaves, and do general garden clean up.  Produce for the People serves low-income Latino families, low-income youth and food grown is donated to local food banks and soup kitchens. Children 5 years and older are welcome.

Children must be closely supervised by their parent or guardian. Linn Benton Food Share can accommodate up to 50 participants. Produce for the People can accommodate up to 30 participants. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation and meet at the service sites. To carpool, contact organizer Emily Bowling at cce@oregonstate.edu.

Register here for the Linn Benton Food Share: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/employee-family-service-day-registration-linn-benton-food-share-22214

Register here for the Produce for the People: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/employee-family-service-day-registration-produce-people-22214

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible. Please also be sure to register for each member in your party so we can keep an accurate count of who will be attending. All participants will need to bring a Volunteer Service Form with them the day of the event. The forms will be emailed to all registrants in advance.

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