Identify someone within your department who will act as your food drive coordinator. Send that individual's name, mailing address, location of collection container (if applicable), phone number, email address, and the number of employees in your department to Shelly Signs.
Discuss with your group food and fundraising ideas; see Fundraising Ideas and Information for help with this. Challenges between departments are an effective way to stimulate interest and have fun while doing a great community service. Food donated through this drive must be non-perishable and commercially canned and packaged so the food will not spoil and can be handled safely and efficiently. There is a great need for food high in nutritional value, such as: canned meats, canned fish, stews and soups, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, infant food/formula, powdered milk, and peanut butter. See our Most Wanted Foods poster for more information. Feel free to print this poster to use on your collection containers or at events.
If you choose to collect food as an activity, establish a food collection site. The use of empty copy paper boxes as your food collection container makes handling and weighing food that is collected easier, but any clean and convenient container will work. Please clearly label your collection containers with your unit/team name. Please display posters in visible areas, on collection containers, and distribute extras to promote your activity. Food pick-ups are scheduled throughout the month. Contact Shelly Signs by Wednesday when you need a pick-up; please specify unit, location, and number of boxes. Final pick-ups for campus sites must be arranged and ready by Wednesday, February 26 with final collections occurring by 3/2. To make arrangements for food to be picked up before or after the drive, please contact Linn Benton Food Share at 541-752-1010.
Food or Fundraising Events:
If you're planning a special food or fundraising event, submit your event through our online Submission Form. Doing this will add your event to the Food Drive calendar and to OSU Today.
Each dollar donated counts as four pounds of food towards our Food Drive goal. Consequently, cash donations are encouraged. Checks should be made payable to Linn Benton Food Share. Cash/checks should be delivered to the Cashiers Office, Kerr Administration by 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Please bring a Donations Ledger (PDF Form) with you for tracking. Please turn money in as you go. Coins can be converted to bills through the cashiers office, but not before noon each day. A receipt will be returned to your department's food drive coordinator. Donations are tax deductible. Copies of all receipt(s) should be sent to Shelly Signs; University Events, OSU Food Drive, A402 Kerr Administration Building. Receipt copies need to be received by FMonday, March 2 to be included for the university's competition.
If you are interested in making a direct online donation to the Linn Benton Food Share you can do that through their website. Please view our How-to Donate Online form which will walk you through the process. If you would like this donation to be counted towards the OSU totals please make sure to add OSU Food Drive and the Unit; ex. “OSU Food Drive: Rec Sports”, in the "Designation (Optional)" field. This info will be reported back to us so that we can allocate donations to the appropriate units.
A Payroll Deduction Form (PDF) is available for OSU employees who are interested in making a monthly contribution to Linn Benton Food Share through their OSU paycheck. This form should be filled out and sent to the following address:
University Events | OSU Food Drive
A402 Kerr Administration Bldg
Corvallis, OR 97331
This is an easy and efficient way to encourage larger cash contributions. Remember, this form was designed for those who wish to make a continuing commitment to Linn Benton Food Share, and should not be used for those who wish to make a one-time contribution. Money received through this program goes directly to Linn Benton Food Share. Please refer to the form for more detailed instructions.
To thank you and acknowledge your efforts, recognition will be given to the top three producing departments in five different teams. Team assignments will be determined by the number of employees in each department.
Remember, every effort counts, both big and small, so have fun, and know that your efforts are helping to feed hungry children and their families in our community.