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Footwise Raised $12,000!  February 18th, 2010

Last weekend, Footwise Shoe Store donated 30% of one day’s profits to the Oregon Food Bank.  All Footwise stores across Oregon participated and together they raised $12,000!

Thank you Footwise!

-Kate Sanders

An Evening of Fun!  February 17th, 2010

OSU is doing a great job raising money and food for the annual food drive. Today, Mary Fulton in Microbiology shared with me one of their successful events:

“Last Friday the departments of Microbiology (MB), Biochemistry and Biophysics (BB) and Food Science and Technology (FST) joined forces for a fun evening of fund raising for the OSU Food Drive.  We had a Pub Quiz, silent auction, games and a raffle at the Old World Deli.  It began as a joint venture between MB and BB – but FST asked to join us.  We did well, raising $1600+.”

Great job everyone!  Keep up the good work.

-Kate Sanders

Cashier’s Office  February 15th, 2010

Need a safe place to deposit your food drive cash and checks – head over to the Cashier’s Office.  They are all set to take our food drive donations. I am heading over there tomorrow to pick up the donation forms that have been turned in.

Wondering how to bundle that cash?  At the very least, make sure the bills are all facing the same direction and are grouped by denomination.  If you have a lot of cash, you can bundle it in the following way:

  • one dollar bills – group in sets of 25
  • five dollar bills – group in sets of 20
  • ten dollar bills – group in sets of 20
  • twenty dollar bills – group in sets of 25
  • one hundred dollar bills – group in sets of 10

If someone receives a five hundred dollar bill – be sure to let me know so I can jump up and down with joy!    (Then group them in sets of 10.)

For checks, bundle them all together. It is helpful to bundle them in the same order as you wrote them down on your deposit sheet.  Speeds up the process.

Thank you all and please be sure to thank the Cashier’s Office.

-Kate Sanders

Food Drive Fair  February 15th, 2010

The Food Drive Fair was a success! Thank you to Biological and Ecological Engineering, the OSU Foundation, Foreign Languages and Literature, University Advancement and the College of Forestry for braving the rain to raise money for the drive.

I personally didn’t have anything to sell, but I was out there helping to promote the booth and trying to get folks to stop by and purchase food and raffle tickets – I even helped raise money.  One lady paid me $1 to leave her alone! (She was very kind by the way.)

So – keep those fund raising ideas and events flowing.  We are about half way though and still have lot of money and food to raise.

Thank you all!

-Kate Sanders

Our Pledge and the Governor’s Challenge!  February 10th, 2010

University Advancement (Kegan Sims and Carson Dunlap) created this video to help raise awareness for the OSU Food Drive and the Food Fair on February 12.  The video includes University Advancement’s pledge to donate one penny per view. Please share!

As a reminder, individuals who donate $144 or more towards the Food Drive will receive recognition from the Governor. Please help us by keeping track of who makes the donations and be sure to let Kate Sanders know.  We will then inform the state so they can receive proper recognition. (You can include their name on the donation ledgers you turn into the Cashier’s office with your deposit).

-Kate Sanders

Coffee and Shoes! Feb. 13 & Feb. 14  February 10th, 2010

The Corvallis Community is raising funds and food for the Linn Benton Food Share.  This weekend, You can get $1 coffee at Dutch Brothers (on Feb. 14) and Footwise Shoe Store will donate 30% of the entire day’s (Feb. 13) profits to Linn Benton Food Share. So if you need new shoes, buy them on Saturday and then on Sunday get your $1 coffee (ANY coffee, you just need to give them $1 and 3 cans of food).

Saturday Shoes. Sunday Coffee. Saturday Shoes. Sunday Coffee….

Participating Dutch Brother Locations:
Bring 3 cans of food to the Dutch Bros locations listed below and receive any beverage of your choice for $1.00.  All donations benefit Linn Benton Food Share and our local agency network.

2001 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis
1855 SE 3rd St, Corvallis
425 Harrison Blvd, Corvallis
1895 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany
1125 9th street, Albany
2840 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany
1491 S Main St, Lebanon
540 Main St, Sweet Home

-Kate Sanders

Food for Thought  January 19th, 2010

The 2010 OSU Food Drive is just about to begin, but folks here on campus have been helping OSU students and the community through OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry since spring of 2009

If you want to help out Oregon State’s Emergency Food Pantry, as well as celebrate and learn about food,  check out the series of food-oriented feature and documentary films screening from Nov. 23 through June 3. The series’ focus is health and the sustainability of food systems.

All films are free and open to the public, with donations accepted. Suggested donations include nonperishable food items, personal hygiene items and money.

Tuesday, Jan. 19: “We Feed the World” (2005). Memorial Union room 208
Wednesday, Jan. 27
: “Food, Inc.” (2008), Memorial Union Ballroom
Monday, Feb. 12
: “Eat, Drink, Man Woman” (1994), Memorial Union room 213
Saturday, Feb. 27
: “Super Size Me” (2004), Memorial Union Journey Room (Joyce Powell Leadership Center)
Thursday, March 11
: “Food Matters” (2008), Memorial Union Journey Room
Thursday, April 15
: “Sustainable Table” (2006), Memorial Union Journey Room
Tuesday, May 25
: “The Future of Food” (2004), Memorial Union Journey Room
Thursday, June 3
: “Big Night” (1996), Memorial Union Journey Room

For more information, call 541-737-3473 or e-mail

-Kate Sanders

Getting help to those on campus.  January 5th, 2010

Someone asked the other day; ‘how do I connect someone with the food bank on campus?’ They found the answer and below are the details. Good to know!

The OSU Emergency Food Pantry serves low income students and community members with 3-5 days of food. We offer dry stock, refrigerated, frozen, and fresh items for a diverse set of culinary needs and preferences.

Located in Snell Hall/MU East. Enter through International Forum Room.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, contact or (541) 737-3473.

Expired? Not really.  February 18th, 2009

With all the recalls and food safety issues that have come up recently, here is one other little secret about the food you eat: Cans don’t expire. Other than the sell by dates for dairy and meat, dates placed on shelf-stable products, including cans, only indicate a manufacturer’s guaranteed quality. Up to the time printed on the can, the manufacturer has determined the taste/consistency/etc. of the product is as good as it can be. After the date, things start to deteriorate, but not at the expense of actual food safety. So, if the cans or packaging are not compromised (rust on the lids, major dents in the sidewall or seam) they are perfectly fine to consume.

The final word on peanut butter  February 11th, 2009

National brands of jarred peanut butter available to consumers are NOT affected by the recall and continue to be one of the most wanted foods for the food drive.

See previous posts for a link to the Food and Drug Administration list of recalled items. It is advised to avoid donation of products containing peanuts, peanut butter or peanut butter paste (such as baking mixes, snacks and sauces.)

To confirm: (primarily because a few news reports last weekend were incorrect) It is safe to distribute retail peanut butter in jars and our local food banks continue to do this.