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In 1982, Governor Vic Atiyeh sponsored the first State Employees Food Drive. State Employees collected food and funds for the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) Network. This tradition has repeated annually ever since. Agencies work in partnership with Regional Food Banks in the OFB Network to provide food assistance throughout the state and southwest Washington to individuals and families in need.​

All state agencies, commissions, boards, and employees are eligible to participate. They may enlist the support of community partners in some of their food and fundraising activities. It is always a good idea to contact your Regional Food Bank before contacting community partners to see if there are any existing agreements already in place.​

The food drive runs the month of February.​
Employees may donate food or items for fundraising events. They may also make individual contributions via a payroll deduction, check, cash, or credit card (directly to their Regional Food Bank).​

The food and donations that are raised in your area stay in your area unless a donor specifically wants their monetary donation to go to a nonlocal food bank.​

Food can be collected in any container. If you would like to use food bank barrels for collection, please contact your Regional Food Bank at least two weeks before the start of the food drive. Please keep in mind that the food bank uses both fuel and labor costs to deliver and pick up barrels. Any assistance state employees can give in delivery food donations to the Regional Food Banks is appreciated.

Agency Coordinators or Site Coordinators are responsible for making arrangements for delivering the food to your local food bank. This saves both fuel and labor costs for the food bank. The Regional Food Banks would love to give you a tour of the food bank when you arrive with your donations so we can show you how your efforts and support make a huge difference in the community.

If there is too much food to deliver by yourself, call your Regional Food Bank to arrange pick up of your donation. Please call at least two weeks before you need a pick up scheduled.​

Checks should be made out to the Regional Food Bank the employee wishes to support. The Oregon Food Bank Network operates on the principle of keeping donations in the area where they are collected.​

Checks and cash donations go to your Regional Food Bank.

During the drive, be sure to place money in a secure location. Consolidating ALL of it (including change) into large bills or a cashier’s check is greatly appreciated. In Salem, Heritage Grove Credit Union partners with the food drive with free accounts to deposit funds raised. They also have a change-counting machine. See information about Heritage Grove Credit Union in the Coordinator’s Handbook.​

You will receive receipts from your Regional Food Bank for both the food poundage and the money you turn in. Use these receipts to add up your agency’s totals.​

Employees will turn in their payroll deduction forms to their Agency Coordinator, who needs to note the total dollar amount donated for the year and who made the donation (for the purpose of determining who met the Governor’s Challenge.) They will then forward the forms to your agency payroll officer. Be sure to contact your payroll officer to let him/her know what to expect and request they let the Agency Coordinator know if any forms are turned into them directly.​

You count the total amount an employee pledges to donate for the year, either the monthly donation multiplied by twelve (12) or the amount of a one-time donation.​

The employee will fill out a “Payroll Deduction”, “Cash Donation Designation”, or “Automatic Donation Methods” form on which he or she will designate which Regional Food Bank is to receive the donation.​

Tax receipts CANNOT be given for donations used for silent auctions, raffles, or food events. In order for a donor to receive a tax receipt, the donation must go directly to the food bank.

Yes, Regional Food Banks and food cupboards/pantries have the need for toothbrushes, diapers, soap, and other personal items. Such items should be weighed and counted as pounds of food on the Agency Report Form. Please keep these items separate from food donations so no accidental contamination of the food occurs.​

A $10 donation allows the food bank to collect and distribute 30 meals. When the Governor’s State Employee Food Drive totals are calculated, the conversion that will be used is three (3) meals for every dollar collected and 0.75 meals per every pound of food raised.​

Yes. Keep in mind that Regional Food Banks do have relationships with most grocery stores and food processors in their area and already have a commitment for donations, so please contact your Regional Food Bank before soliciting food donations that will go directly to the food bank from these businesses. Donated items can also be solicited for silent auctions, raffles, or for use in a food event. Make sure you are following regulations regarding gaming events (see the Gaming Events document for more information).

Tax receipts CANNOT be given for these types of donations. In order for a donor to receive a tax receipt, the donation must go directly to the food bank.​

Fundraising events should be planned during the designated food drive period if possible. Some agencies, due to specific resources or through planning outside of the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, collect donations in other months. Those donations are very much appreciated by the Oregon Food Bank Network; however, those donations should not be counted toward the donation totals for the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive.​

​Your Team Leader will distribute the Agency Report Form. This document is the form used to detail the amount of payroll deductions, the number of pounds of food and the amount of cash, check, credit card (automatic donations made directly to the food bank) received during the food drive.

Ask your Team Leader. The date is approximately 10-14 days after the end of the food drive. Note: If you are a Site Coordinator, you will need to have your information to your Agency Coordinator prior to this deadline so your agency’s full report can be turned in on time. Please work with your Agency Coordinator to determine what your internal deadline is.​

Only BINGO, Raffles and Monte-Carlo events are legal. If you have a question about whether an activity is legal or perhaps causes a conflict of interest, make sure you have approval from your agency administrator and consult the Gaming Registrar at the Department of Justice ( to be absolutely sure. You may also want to contact the DAS-Risk Management Division. Make sure you are following regulations regarding drawings and raffles (see the Gaming Events document for more information)​.


Agency Coordinators or Site/Office Coordinators should discuss activities planned for the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive with agency management. Management is responsible for agency activities and must know about food drive activities regardless of management participation.​

While these are very popular, there are safety concerns with these activities. If you wish to investigate this option further, we suggest contacting a DAS-Risk Management representative.​

​Raffles, BINGO, chance drawings and other activities are considered gaming activities by the Oregon Department of Justice and there are regulations regarding record keeping and amounts raised. Your Team Leader cannot answer questions about gaming activities.

See the Gaming Events document for more information. The Gaming Registrar can provide a more detailed gaming information packet upon request. Contact

No. In a silent auction, you only pay if you make the highest bid - you don’t pay for a “chance” to win. Therefore, silent auctions do not fall under the gaming rules.​

Food events should be held where public access is restricted. To be on the safe side, please hold food events in lunchrooms, break rooms, or conference rooms (preferably with hand-washing facilities nearby!) Safe food preparation guidelines should always be observed in these types of events – keep hot things hot and cold things cold, etc.!

Do not advertise or sell food to the public. Use discretion in the locations that you post informational posters about food events, especially in buildings that have restaurants, cafes, or cafeterias run by outside vendors.​

​Contact your Regional Food Bank representative! There is a list on the Coordinator Information page, or at the end of the Coordinator’s Handbook.


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