It’s not too late to donate to the state employees food drive

People donating food in barrels

The Governor’s State Employees Food Drive concludes this week, capping a month of fundraising events and competitions geared toward helping neighbors in need.

But it’s not too late to participate.

There are many ways to make the most of the final days of the drive. Payroll deduction is an easy way to support the food drive and get the UO closer to its goal of 125,000 pounds of food donated.

Purchasing Woodblock Chocolate bars from area coordinators or donating online both send cash to FOOD for Lane County and add to departmental totals in the internal competition to see which department can donate the most.

For every dollar collected, three meals are served to Lane County residents experiencing hunger. And thanks to an anonymous donor, all donations during the month will be matched up to $150,000.

“It’s not a lot to ask: a can of soup, a can of tuna, $12 a month. It’s not a lot to ask but it makes a difference,” said Marty Hurst, travel coordinator for Educational and Community Supports and a past member of the food drive core committee.

Contributions made by midnight Feb. 29 count toward the UO’s overall totals. For more information, see your department’s food drive site coordinator. If you aren’t sure who that is, email to get connected.