The annual Governor's State Employees Food Drive is the largest food drive benefiting the Oregon Food Bank Network.
To help the Oregon Food Bank Network feed someone who is hungry.
To collect funds and food for the Oregon Food Bank Network through fundraising events and donations collected during the month of February.
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."