Thank you for your support of the SOU Student Food Pantry and the important work of providing students with food and other basic necessities to alleviate the effects of hunger and poverty.
Please use the form below to give now, or donate food items in one of the many blue bins placed in buildings around the SOU campus during the February Food Drive.
The February Food Drive is in partnership with the Governor’s State Employee Food Drive of Oregon. Visit the February Food Drive webpage for more information. All food and funds raised go directly to support the SOU Student Food Pantry.
Food Insecurity and Food Pantry Impact
Student hunger is real and has painful consequences. A 2018 survey in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition found that 43.5% of students face food insecurity during their college careers.
Many SOU students struggle to afford the cost of living (i.e. groceries, housing, enrollment, and other personal expenses). Students are investing time, energy, and money into an education that [generally] does not compensate them in return; at least, not in the short term. This puts undergraduate students at a higher risk for food and financial difficulties.
The SOU Food Pantry addresses food insecurity head on by providing regular and free access to up to 10 food and/or personal hygiene items per student each week. Between January 1 and December 31, 2022, there were 926 student visits to the SOU Food Pantry, with usage by the fall seeing a four-fold increase over the year before. While it’s not possible to know with certainly the reasons for this sudden and drastic increase in demand, we aim to meet that demand as a community with our annual February Food Drive.
Last year, during the 2022 SOU February Food Drive, the SOU community, with the support of the regional community, raised the value equivalent of 18,636 meals for SOU students facing insecurity. In 2023, the February Food Drive goal is to raise the equivalent of 20,000 meals! Hitting this ambitious goal will mean counting on the SOU community and all of Southern Oregon to continue to grow this annual philanthropic tradition.
…“I dont have money to frequently go to the grocery [store]… [the Food Pantry] was able to give me easy food that I could make when I didn’t really have any other ingredients.”
“[The Food Pantry is] a very nice resource for poor college students who are hungry. I personally try to get milk whenever I go but other than that I’ll grab an apple or granola bar to keep me in pursuit throughout the day.”
“[I go to the Food Pantry] when I am in between grocery trips, and don’t have enough money to go back, but need something to sustain me until I get paid again. When I go I usually take the non perishable meals like mac and cheese and such.”
“[I go to the Food Pantry to avoid] spending my money on overpriced food at the store… It’s difficult to go to class hungry or try to study… on an empty stomach.”
I go to the Food Pantry because of a “[lack] of money for food.”
“During the school year, I can’t work enough to pay rent, bills, books, parking etc. and cover all food costs.”
Frankly, without the food pantry, I… would have to drop out of college. Tuition and other fees (like parking and books) eat up all my paychecks especially since I have to cut back on my hours during the school year to study. My roommate and I depend on the food pantry to get necessary food like canned fruits and veggies that we just wouldn’t be able to afford. We likely would only be able to eat macaroni and ramen without the food pantry which isn’t enough to truly support the level of work I do or the studying I need to do for my degree.”
How to Donate Food or Personal Hygiene Items
Fill the Bin Building Competition:
On the main floor of each SOU building will be a collection bin for non-perishable food items, which will go towards supporting the SOU Student Food Pantry. Bins will be placed in buildings beginning February 3rd, 2023. Employees should be on the lookout for detailed instructions in their email and campus mailbox. Don’t know where your building’s barrel is located? Inquire with your building manager or email the Student Food Pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org Barrels will be collected and weighed on Friday March 3rd.
Community Donation Drops:
Community member food donations are greatly appreciated. Throughout the month of February, easily accessible donation bins will be located in the following locations:
- Stevenson Union 1118 Siskiyou Boulevard, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm at the SU Welcome Desk. Free 30 minute parking is available on University Way by the SU. Need assistance bringing your donation to the drop location? Student employees at the Welcome Desk can help!
- Oregon Center for the Arts Box Office between the Music and Theatre Buildings on South Mountain Avenue, Monday-Friday 3-6pm, and 1 hour before every performance.
- Lithia Motors Pavilion, 1465 Webster St, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and during athletic events, in the building entrance next to the ticket sales window.
Items the Student Food Pantry could use the most include hearty soups (both meat and vegetarian), instant oatmeal, microwaveable/instant meals, nut butters, pasta, pasta sauce, canned beans (black, garbanzo, kidney, etc), cereal, non-dairy milk, and snack bars. Contact the Student Food Pantry at email@example.com with any questions.
Register Your Item Donations
To help the SOU Food Pantry track support, please visit giving.sou.edu/food-donation to confirm your gift of food or hygiene items to one of the SOU community drops or at a SOU building bin.
SOU Employees: Set up recurring payroll contribution
SOU employees are encouraged to sign up for a monthly payroll contribution to provide ongoing support for the SOU Student Food Pantry. To sign-up, fill out a Payroll Deduction Form and send a signed electronic copy directly to the SOU Foundation at SOUFoundation@sou.edu. On the form, select “other” and fill in SOU Food Pantry as the Fund.
Make a Cash Donation to the Food Pantry