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Happy Friday!!!

Happy Friday!!!

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OSU Food Pantry’s Featured Volunteer of the Month!

Our Featured Volunteer for the Month of April is…

Aaron Bautista

Age: 23

Hometown: Forest Grove, OR

Major: HDFS

Class Standing: Senior

Favorite Food: Tamales

Hobbies: Hiking, Shooting, Watching movies

When and how did you find out about the OSU Food Pantry?

Earlier this year my friend was talking about the food pantry and she explained how they provide the OSU community with food and other things. So I visited the pantry a few times to get food.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the OSU Food Pantry?

My HDFS 447 class required 20 hours of volunteering per term, so I decided to volunteer at the food pantry because I know a few people that work there.

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the OSU Food Pantry?

I was able to meet a lot of people who were there to help others. It also gives me the opportunity to help to others.

What are your plans after your graduate?

Find a good job and pay off my student loans.

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OSU Food Pantry’s Featured Volunteer of the Month!

Our Featured Volunteer for the Month of March is…

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Joshua Woodson

Age: 19

From: Stayton, Oregon

Year: Sophomore

Major: Sociology

Favorite Food: Pozole

Hobbies: Soccer, Gaming, Being Weird

How did you learn about the OSU Food Pantry?

I saw a poster while I was going to one of my classes, and I decided to give volunteering a try.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the OSU Food Pantry?

I decided I wanted to be more active in my community. I also thought this would be a good first step to get a taste for service.

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the OSU Food Pantry?

My favorite part of volunteering here is meeting the people who attend the food pantry. I always try to get their names and make it a more personal experience. Talking to and meeting new people is one of my passions.

What are your plans after graduation?

My plans for after college are to become a grievance counselor at a hospital working with families who have lost a loved one or patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I am also thinking about enlisting in the Peace Corps in Central America. 

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What’s for Dinner?

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During the OSU Food Pantry’s distribution on Wednesday, February 26th clients were treated to a tasty surprise. Chef Derek Rice, Program Advisor of Community and Cultural Food for OSU’s Student Events Activities Center, created 3 unique entrees which utilized ingredients from the Food Pantry. Savory smells filled the Snell International Forum while Chef Derek went to work. Taking only one hour to produce three yummy dishes with plenty of samples to go around. 

The featured menu was Chicken Marinara with Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Seasoned Salmon Steaks, and Wild Rice and Bean Soups. These delicious and nutritious dishes showcased different ways in which clients can prepare the food they receive at the OSU Food Pantry. Our client’s abundant smiles and empty plates served as proof that Chef Derek’s work was a big hit! 

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imageAnn, our Food Pantry Associate, enjoying some Chicken Marinara with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

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imageChef Derek showing off his cooking skills!

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A study has found that 59 percent of students at Western Oregon University have faced food insecurity at some point in 2013.

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Happy Wednesday from the staff at HSRC! Our next food pantry is Monday, February 10th.

Happy Wednesday from the staff at HSRC! Our next food pantry is Monday, February 10th.

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Here is a video created by the lovely staff of HSRC….who’s awesome? YOU are awesome!

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OSU Food Pantry’s Featured Volunteer of the Month!

Our Featured Volunteer for the Month of February is…

Reggie Williams

Age: 22

From: Rialto, CA

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Favorite Food: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Hobbies: Working out, Drawing, Sports, Watching Movies and Sports

How did you learn about the OSU Food Pantry? At the beginning of January through Clare Cady at HSRC.

Why did you decide to volunteer at the OSU Food Pantry? I was looking for volunteer opportunities.

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the OSU Food Pantry? I’ve volunteered other places like animal shelters, but my favorite part of volunteering at the Food Pantry is how excited first time visitors are when they see what the pantry has to offer them. Also, the feeling of directly helping a fellow student is great. I would recommend volunteering at the pantry to everyone.

What are your plans after graduation? Working in counseling for disadvantaged youth or possibly in the field of Forensic Psychology.

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