Our Featured Volunteer for the Month of March is…
From: Stayton, Oregon
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.
Chef Derek Rice
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!
Wild Rice and Bean Soup
Ann, our Food Pantry Associate, enjoying some Chicken Marinara with Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Chef Derek showing off his cooking skills!
Our Featured Volunteer for the Month of February is…
From: Rialto, CA
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.