Help support holiday meal cards for colleagues in need

The Holiday Social Committee is seeking donations for the holiday meal gift card given to Chemeketa employees and students in need.

Over the summer, food prices rose more than 26% and this year’s gift card was increased from $60 to $75 to help supplement the rise in grocery costs.

“Food is just more expensive, as well as non-food items,” says Holly Cook, Holiday Social Coordinator. “This gift card offers the opportunity for recipients to purchase non-food items that SNAP benefits do not cover such as paper products, personal grooming items, laundry must-haves, and more.”

The gift cards are purchased through Roth’s, a local company, in an effort to remain sustainable.

“You may work side by side with someone who is silent about their struggles,” says Holly.

An employee reflects on receiving the gift card last in 2017, saying, It was a big surprise that hugely benefited my family. We were on food stamps last year and shopping at Roth’s was such a treat- we were able to get things we never get to have and it made a lovely holiday meal. Receiving the gift card was a blessing I am very thankful for.”

To donate online, please visit the giving page and select “holiday meal cards” as your fund designation.

For cash or check donations, contact holly.cook@chemeketa.edu ext. 2524.