Identify someone within your office who will act as your food drive coordinator. Send that individual's name, office address, office phone number, and e-mail address to Shelly Signs.
Contact your local food bank to get information about current needs, and how and when to deliver donations, etc. View the Statewide Listings for more information.
Discuss with staff ways in which your office can raise food and funds for the Food Drive; see Fundraising Ideas and Information for help with this. 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 the Most Wanted Foods poster for more information. Feel free to print this poster to use on your collection containers or at events.
Establish a collection site for your office. Using 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 display posters in visible areas, on collection containers, and spread the word to people in your office.
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 and deposited at your local food bank. Donations are tax deductible. Your local food bank will issue you a receipt for all donations, both food and cash. If one is not issued, please ask for one. This receipt is for your records, but please send copies of all receipt(s) to Shelly Signs; University Events, OSU Food Drive, A402 Kerr Administration Bldg., Corvallis, OR 97331. Receipt copies need to be received by Monday, March 1, 2021 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.
Recognition will be given for the top three producing, off-campus OSU sites at the end of the Food Drive.
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 your community.