Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.61
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Fresh Food Fridays

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) operates OSU’s on-campus food pantry and Food Assistance programs like Mealbux. Students using HSRC services might be one or more of the following:
• Pell-eligible
• First Generation
• Former-Foster Youth
• TRiO or EOP participants
• Undocumented, DACA, or under-resourced international students
• Homeless, houseless or otherwise experiencing housing insecurity
• Experiencing situational poverty
• Prior recipients of the Free/Reduced Lunch program or other social safety net programs.

The HSRC Mission Statement: We humanize students marginalized by inequity, poverty, and oppression and we center the voices of those we serve as we advocate for an inclusive campus and community where low-income students feel a sense of belonging and empowerment and have the basic needs to be academically successful.

HSRC Vision: We believe that by leveraging the abundance of our community, particularly those involved with civic engagement, our partnerships, shared resources, and engaging student leaders, that we will create opportunities that lead to all students having the resources they need to be academically successful.

The shopping-style food pantry that is open weekly provides students in need the opportunity to leave with enough food to feed themselves, and anyone else in their household for 3-5 days. Students are able to get a selection of vegetables (fresh, frozen, and canned), fruits (fresh, frozen, and canned), proteins, dairy, grains and other staples.

A new HSRC program launched Fall 2017 now provides additional access to fresh produce. Fresh Food Fridays features produce and other fresh items only. Produce served at Fresh Food Fridays comes from campus, community, and regional partners including the Linn-Benton Food Share, Growing Food Security, Food for All, Sage Garden, Mid-Valley Harvest, Organic Growers Club, and others. In its first year, Fresh Food Fridays has distributed fresh food to 272 households.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Food & Dining
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Thanks to Nicole Hindes from OSU HSRC and Clare Cady from College and University Food Bank Alliance for their contributions to this credit.

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