Overview and Vision

In alignment with Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) Guiding Principle "Community safety and respect for all its members embodies our core values and enables our mission", the DFA Food Insecurity Committee seeks to increase student success by working to reduce the strain of food insecurity in our students. The techniques and overarching key metrics for the committee include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Raising Awareness
  • Increasing Opportunities 
  • Decreasing Barriers
  • Exploring Innovative Solutions

Free Resources for Students

Any student who would like to learn more about free assistance with affording sufficient groceries, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their academic success in any way, should contact the Basic Needs Center (BNC) for support  at https://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/bnc or 541-737-3747. The BNC has a food pantry, assistance signing up for SNAP, textbook lending program and many other resources to help students succeed.

Do you have any ideas on how we can combat student food insecurity or would you like more information on how you can get involved? Please don't hesitate to contact us, we'd love to hear from you!

Committee Members

Curt Black - Business Operations Coordinator, Business Services

Tamara Gash - Associate Director, Procurement and Contract Services, Procurement, Contracts & Materials Management (Chair) 

Kelsey Herman - Financial Services Manager - College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Vinay Ramakrishnan - Accountant I, Financial Strategic Services, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Keith Foster - Insurance Contract Specialist, Insurance and Risk Management Services

Tracy Elmshaeuser - Executive Assistant, Office of the Senior Associate Vice President for Administration

Susan Clark - Accountant II, Financial Services, University Facilities, Infrastructure & Operations

Kristie Williams - Accountant I, Travel & Expense Office


committee charter

DFA Food Insecurity Committee Charter