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College Football's "Civil War" to Benefit OR Food Bank

December 3, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Fans of the University of Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers don't generally agree on things – except this month. In December, their rivalry is being put to charitable use, to benefit the Oregon Food Bank network. People can make small cash donations and root for their teams at the same time, by cell phone. Sending a text message to 20222, you can text "GoDucks5" or "GoBeavs5" to make a $5 donation. Substitute the number 10 and it's a $10 donation, which will then appear on the cell phone bill. After donating, callers will receive a confirmation message and must click "yes" to authorize the donation.

In Corvallis, Ryan McCambridge, coordinator for Linn-Benton Food Share, says the money is much-needed.

"We're seeing 13,000 individuals eating from an emergency food box each month, just in our two-county area, and this has been going on for months on end now, which is, as you can imagine, unprecedented."

McCambridge says Oregon State University staff members and students are big backers of the food bank. Many volunteer during the year, and the school also has a month-long food drive in February.

In the home county of the Beavers, one in three residents is eligible for emergency food assistance, although the proceeds from this "Civil War Food Battle" will benefit every corner of the state, according to Dawn Woodward with Food for Lane County in Eugene.

"Twenty-five percent of the money is going to come to Food for Lane County, and 25 percent will go to Linn-Benton Food Share. And the other 50 percent is going to be distributed throughout Oregon, to the other food banks."

Woodward says the University of Oregon is a major contributor of canned goods and volunteers throughout the year, and also shares its surplus prepared foods from cafeterias with the local food bank.

The cell phone fundraiser, dubbed the "Civil War Food Battle," runs through December. The Oregon Food Bank hopes to make it an annual event.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR