TRI's Child Development Center Focuses on Giving


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TRI's Child Development Center Focuses on Giving

March 16, 2016

Children and adults stand at the curb waiting for the truck.


Every year, for the entire month of February, public employees across the state of Oregon participate in the Governor’s Food Drive. The children attending the TRI-Child Development Center get right into the swing of things, collecting food, and helping fill the truck to help WOU meet its goals. 



This annual event has become an important moment in the TRI-CDC that the children and the staff look forward to. The photos below show you why!




A little history of the food drive from the official State of Oregon website:

In the spring of 1979, Governor Atiyeh initiated Oregon Food Share, the first statewide food distribution network in the nation and the predecessor of the Oregon Food Bank Network, This was in response to federal cutbacks in food stamp allotments, now referred to as SNAP.
 
Then in 1982, Governor Atiyeh started the Governor's State Employees Food Drive, calling on every state agency to sponsor a food drive “to reduce the suffering of those without adequate food resources” and “to show that true Oregonians believe that we can and do help our friends and neighbors in need.”


All these decades later, the food drive is still in full swing across the state, and the TRI Child Development Center is proud to have been a part of Western Oregon University's efforts.


Children and adults waiting at the curb for the food truck. The children are holding cans and boxes of food.


A group of children and adults get ready to put their cans and boxes of food on the truck.


Three children put their food in a box at the back of the truck. Two children stand on the curb waiting their turn. A woman is kneeling next to the box. A man stands in the truck, another man leans against the outside of truck.


Three children had an adult their food donations while standing at the back of the truck.


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