Daughters enlist CCC alum-dad to help fill student pantry

Safeway/Albertsons stepped up with 6 pallets of non-perishable food

Students help stock the CCC student food pantry after a donation of 6 pallets of food from Safeway, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)
Students help stock the CCC student food pantry after a donation of 6 pallets of food from Safeway, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — The Cougar Cave got a big-time donation Tuesday afternoon when Safeway delivered 6 pallets — more than 2000 pounds of non-perishable food — to the student-run food pantry at Clackamas Community College.

The pantry relies on donations, said Rachael Morgan, who runs the Cougar Cave through the Associated Student Government.

“We usually have a lot of trouble getting donations coming in,” Morgan said.

Sisters Tori (left) and Kristin Woods helped stock the student pantry at CCC with the help of their dad and Safeway, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)
Sisters Tori (left) and Kristin Woods helped stock the student pantry at CCC with the help of their dad and Safeway, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)

Sisters Tori and Kristin Woods, who are in CCC’s First Year Experience class, knew the pantry needed donations and decided to ask for help — from their dad, Daryl Woods, a director of distribution for Safeway and Albertsons.

“We both decided to go talk to my dad, who works for Safeway, and exchanged a bunch of emails to work it out,” said Tori, 22.

“Basically, we went to my dad and said, ‘Hey, this is what’s going on here. Is there any way Safeway/Albertsons could help out?” said 30-year-old Kristin. “It was supposed to be 2 pallets (of food) and then it kept growing.”

6 pallets of food from Safeway were donated to the CCC student food pantry,, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)
6 pallets of food from Safeway were donated to the CCC student food pantry,, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)

The Woods family has a long connection to CCC. Tori and Kristin’s parents met on campus more than 35 years ago.

“Dad was leading a tour group. I think he was part of the Associated Student Goverrnment,” Kristin said. “He was leading a tour group of freshmen and Mom was in that group and she’s, like, ‘Oh, he’s really cute.'”

Tori said it felt “really good to help out and see everybody get together and help, too.” Kristin added it was “amazing” to see the lines of people carrying in the pallets of food for the students.

Rachael Morgan was also wowed by the generosity.

“It’s just so awesome that we have all this food that we can give away to students, and it will be such a big help,” Morgan told KOIN 6 News. “It’s just hope that they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from and they can focus more on school and bettering themselves.”

6 pallets of food from Safeway were donated to the CCC student food pantry,, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)
6 pallets of food from Safeway were donated to the CCC student food pantry,, November 21, 2017 (KOIN)