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UO English Participates in 2015 Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

fdseal_webThe Annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive has begun and will run through February 27.  This drive is the Oregon Food Bank’s largest food and fund drive of the year.  Our goal this year is to raise 200,000 pounds. Food barrels will be available in the main English office (118 PLC)

Oregon continues to have one of the highest hunger rates in the country.  As a result of growing levels of long-term unemployment, more than one in three Lane County residents (39%) is eligible for emergency food assistance. For the third year in a row, Oregon has the nation’s highest rate (29% ) for child hunger.  In Lane County, 53% of the children quality for free/reduced school meals.

You can help:

  • Bring food for the barrels in the main English office (118 PLC): Most wanted foods: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc); Canned & boxed meals; Peanut butter & other nut butters; Canned or dried beans and peas; Pasta, rice, cereal; Canned fruits and vegetables; 100% fruit or vegetable juice. No glass please.
  • Contribute through payroll deduction – just $12 a month will provide 14 food boxes, or 430 meals.
  • Cash donations.
  • Purchase some Euphoria chocolate – $4 for a bag of small hearts (3 oz with 10 hearts) in milk or dark chocolate.  $2 from each sale of chocolate goes to FOOD for Lane County.

The English Department’s participation is organized and spearheaded by Susan Meyers, who from 2002 until 2007 was a co-organizer with Marilyn Reid before becoming the sole organizer in 2008. Meyers says she volunteered for the position because the drive is “something near and dear to my heart because there are so many individuals who are food insecure, especially children and the elderly.” After her sister’s death two years ago, Meyers learned that her sister and brother-in-law made use of the food boxes that FOOD for Lane County is able to provide. She says, “To me, that just goes to show you don’t really know who needs help with this most basic of needs–it could be your parents, your neighbor, or a colleague.”