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Another great story!  February 20th, 2013

Terralyn Vandetta at the College of Forestry has a great dedication to the Food Drive. Learn more about her story at

Check in on those totals!  February 13th, 2013

Want to watch the contributions to this year’s food drive rise? Check out Motor Pool’s to see drop-offs add up!

Online auction includes one week of prime parking at Kerr!  February 4th, 2013

Check out this great online auction They have some great items, and some creative ones, too!

Here’s the news!  January 30th, 2013

I’m excited to announce that we’ve been posted in Life@OSU. Check out the article at

Food Drive 2013 is ready to begin!  January 16th, 2013

This year’s drive will be from Jan 28 through March 1. What better time to clean our your pantry? Make some room by donating the stuff that you “thought” you’d use, but now has a layer of dust on it.

Don’t forget about direct deposit, it’s the best way to raise funds, and you’ll never even miss your donation because it happens before you get your paycheck! Go to the food drive website to download the form.

This year’s theme is “Race to end Hunger” so let’s start getting in shape!

SNAP = $21/Week for Food – Could You Do it?  February 6th, 2012

SNAP = $21/Week for Food – Could You Do it?  (or why the Food Drive is so important)

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or what used to be called food stamps.  If you’re a SNAP participant, you receive $21 per week to spend on groceries, or $1/meal. Could you do it?  Could you go a week spending only $21 on food?

It’s a challenge OSU Students in Free Enterprise (OSUSIFE) voluntarily took on last fall.  OSU SIFE Team Executive Council member Natasha Badaa made the mistake of heading for the grocery store without a list, without planning out a menu, and without researching ideas for inexpensive foods and meals.
“Although we were able to breeze through Winco buying food and keeping under budget it was not until early in the challenge that I realized how wrong my shopping attempt was. I did not buy enough food. I did not buy enough satisfying food. I did not buy enough healthful food. And I did not take into account the essentials like coffee which ended up costing me exponentially in physical, mental, and emotional distress.”  The experience taught her empathy and confirmed her desire “to do more to help those in poverty even more.”  You can read more about Natasha’s and other student experiences with the SNAP Challenge and other activities at  In addition, SNAP Challenge videos are available at

You too can choose to take the SNAP Challenge and see how it feels to only have $21/week to spend on food, or you can simply choose to help those who live the SNAP Challenge by participating in any of the many food drive events taking place on the OSU campus during the month of February!

— Julie Howard, College of Forestry

Food Network takes on waste  January 13th, 2012

I was watching The Big Waste last weekend, a show where they challenged star chefs to feed 100 people a gourmet meal out of food destined to be tossed out. The show was amazing, for sure. They referenced the website and I thought it had some interesting elements that might be borrowable for some projects here on campus.

I will stop looking for the perfect apple after having watched this show.  I know it doesn’t matter if the carrot tops are a bit wilted, but we as a society are definitely trained to search for the “best” looking item in the pile.

2012 theme  December 27th, 2011

The theme for this year’s Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, for which the OSU Food Drive is a part of is….. The Face of Hunger. It may surprise you to know, or maybe you’re fully aware, that the face of today’s hungry looks a lot like your neighbors. With all the changes in the economy, many who would have never imagined ever needing an emergency food box now find themselves in line for this saving resource. Thank goodness for the strong food network across the state, and for the many generous supporters that are part of the OSU family.

The Face of Hunger, something to think about, huh?

2012 Food Security Summit  December 23rd, 2011

How cool is it that OSU is hosting the 2012 Food Security Summit? Oregon’s First Lady will be there! Sessions run January 19 & 20 and registration is required ($25 for students and $100 for others). Learn more at

Food Drive is Just Around the Corner!  December 7th, 2011

It is hard to believe, but OSU’s Food Drive is just around the corner!

Please save the date for Wednesday, January 11 at 4:00 pm for the annual food drive kick-off meeting.  We will be meet at the home of OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry – Snell Hall, International Forum Room, southwest corner of Snell Hall/MU East.

We would like to get a start on updating our coordinator list.  Please visit the food drive website to view last year’s list (and view the totals we would like to beat this year!). We will be updating this list for the 2012 drive. Please notify Kate Sanders (541-737-6522) if you have any updates or additions.

It is that time of year again when we start winding down and closing out fall projects, preparing for winter and spring terms and getting ready to spend time with family and friends. Please remember to think about one of the many families our food donations serve. This month alone, the Linn Benton Food Share will feed over 12,300 families through their emergency food box program. Through all their programs, the Food Share serves nearly 1/5 of the population in Linn and Benton counties. You are helping your neighbors by donating.

Thanks you and we look forward to working with you during the 2012 OSU Food Drive.

Kate Sanders
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