Oregon State employees donate nearly 500,000 pounds in annual food drive

Food itemsEvery year, Oregon State University dominates the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive — and 2015 was no different.

Through bags of groceries, cash and payroll contributions, Oregon State colleges, departments and organizations donated the equivalent of 485,096 pounds of food to the Linn-Benton Food Share in February.

“I’m especially proud to report that OSU again led the pack among Oregon’s public universities,” said President Ed Ray.

Coming in second was Western Oregon University at 95,000 pounds donated, then the University of Oregon with 88,000 pounds. The top state agency was the Department of Human Services at 333,185 pounds.

Oregon State’s food drive encourages healthy competition among university units, with awards given in six categories:

• Off-campus organization: Tillamook County Extension Service — 3,215 pounds
• Student organization: University Honors College — 6,024 pounds
• 1 to 20 Employees: Kerr Administration Building 6th Floor — 9,620 pounds
• 21 to 50 Employees: Departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science — 14,367 pounds
• 51 to 100 Employees: Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences — 28,514 pounds
• 101+ Employees: College of Forestry — 59,612 pounds

Food drive coordinator Mealoha McFadden credits President Ray with creating a culture for community service that has made the annual event so successful on campus.

“He has a heart for service and challenges university employees to give back to the community in any way they can,” she says.

The 2015 food drive was dedicated to former Governor Vic Atiyeh, who died last year.

Atiyeh was instrumental in establishing the Oregon Food Bank, the first statewide food distribution network in the nation. In 1982, he asked every state agency to help with feeding the hungry in Oregon. Since the food drive’s inception,
state employees have raised the equivalent of 70 million pounds of food.

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