September 20, 2023 | General
By: Athletic Communications
CORVALLIS, Ore. – LEARFIELD’s Beaver Sports Properties announces that Oregon State Athletics has joined forces with two of its existing corporate sponsors, Safeway and Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), to launch the Dam Hunger Food Drive, addressing the student hunger food crisis and food insecurity in the Corvallis community.
The three organizations will come together in support of the Linn Benton Food Share and the OSU Basic Needs Center (BNC), with Safeway and TCCA providing donations to be delivered alongside student-athletes and members of the OSU Athletics Department. Linn Benton Food Share provides millions of pounds of food every year through various programs to those who need it most in the Corvallis community.
"The OSU Basic Needs Center food pantry is the most popular of all our programs," said Sery Oeur, BNC Student Leader, Radiation Health Physics major, Class of 2026. "We are constantly buying enough produce and goods to support our community’s needs. Donations like this are very helpful to us."
In addition, at the November 11th game against Stanford, fans will be encouraged to bring canned goods/donations to select tailgate areas to be donated to the community and receive a premium co-branded giveaway as a thank you from the sponsors. Fans can donate directly to the Beavers Fight Hunger fund supporting the OSU BNC here.
"We are proud to be partnering with TCCA and Safeway, both brands are tremendously strong in the Beaver State and beyond," said Sara Elcano, Senior Associate AD for External Relations. "There is no doubt that this partnership will have a positive impact on our campus and community, and we are grateful to TCCA and Safeway for being thought leaders and an example of how sport and business can intersect to the lives of those around us."
Each year, Oregon-based TCCA aims to invest four percent of its net income back into the community supporting causes that fight food insecurity, promote healthful children and support agricultural advocacy.
"As a farmer-owned, Oregon-based food company with deep ties to Oregon State University, we’re honored to support the Dam Hunger Food Drive and help students facing food insecurity get access to wholesome food," said Paul Snyder, Executive Vice President of Stewardship at TCCA. "Striving for a university degree is hard enough without being hungry. With the partnership of Safeway and Oregon State Athletics, we’re inspired to bring some much-needed support to students in need."
Safeway has been an integral participant in the fight against hunger in local communities through its Nourishing Neighbors program which looks to ensure that all neighbors, including kids, seniors and families have access to nourishing food every day.
"Joining two local partners like Tillamook and Oregon State to fight hunger is incredibly exciting for us," said Jill McGinnis, director of communications, Public Affairs & Government Relations. "It takes a village, and we know that together, with the community’s help, we will be able to make a big difference in the student hunger food crisis and food insecurity in Corvallis. Go Beavs!"
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is a leading food and drug retailer in the United States. As of February 25, 2023, the Company operated 2,271 retail stores with 1,722 pharmacies, 401 associated fuel centers, 22 dedicated distribution centers and 19 manufacturing facilities. The Company operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia with 24 banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lovers Market. The Company is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2022, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company contributed more than $200 million in food and financial support, including more than $40 million through our Nourishing Neighbors Program to ensure those living in our communities and those impacted by disasters have enough to eat.
About Tillamook County Creamery Association
Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) recently achieved the distinction as a Certified B Corporation® (B Corp™) and prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook® produces internationally recognized, award-winning cheese as well as exceptional ice cream, butter, cream cheese spreads, yogurt, and sour cream, made with unwavering values that never sacrifice or compromise quality for profit. TCCA is owned by a group of farming families, primarily based in Tillamook County, Oregon. TCCA operates production facilities in Tillamook and Boardman, Oregon and employs more than 900 people throughout the state. The Tillamook Creamery is the largest tourist attraction on the coast of Oregon and one of the most popular in the state, attracting more than one million visitors each year. For more information on TCCA and Tillamook, visit Tillamook.com.
About Linn Benton Food Share
Linn Benton Food Share serves a network of 68 non-profit organizations in the mid-Willamette valley. These agencies include food pantries, meal sites, volunteer gleaning groups and other organizations that serve at-risk populations. LBFS also operates direct-service programs that provide food packages to 400 senior households per month as well as food parcels to just-discharged patients from area hospitals. Partnering with emergency food pantries, LBFS has seen an overwhelming increase in requests for emergency food support in 2023. In fact, emergency food box requests are up 31% across our two-county region over the same period last year. For the first six months of 2023, LBFS food pantries served an average of 12,657 individuals per month.
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