is the social media guru and IOU treasurer. Her leadership, empathy, passion for social justice, knowledge about food systems, and general ability to achieve anything is invaluable to our mission. Aliza is a research assistant at Portland State University, the current leader of the Food Action Team Local 6 Connection group, and tends her garden and chickens in her free time. Aliza's passion and attention to detail are invaluable as she manages the budget and provides logistics support while communicating with the public. She is a natural leader and we are fortunate for her talents!
manages the graphics, website, and donor relations. Her thoughtfulness and calm give the team a strong foundation on which to build. Ashley is the membership manager for Greenbelt Land Trust, serves on the Downtown Advisory Board, and is a board member of Leadership Corvallis. Ashley is a novice gardener and passionate foodie. She is thrilled to communicate IOU's message and keep us celebratory and in good spirits! We feel so lucky to work with her!
is the heart behind this operation. She is emerita professor of German History at Colorado State University and teaches German classes at the German School Corvallis. Elizabeth is a budding gardening enthusiast with a passion for feeding people. Elizabeth works very closely with restaurants to make sure the large numbers of orders we need work with their logistics and staffing. This requires immense amounts of time and organization, and for her vision and tenacity we are grateful!
The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Food Action Team is an integral part of our successful expansion and growth.
It’s On Us turns one month old today! These past four weeks instilled a sense of purpose, community, and resiliency in the three of us - you all did that. Thank you. We hope this feeling is shared with all of you. For now, let me take you back in time...
In one month IOU Corvallis grew from a text conversation between three semi-strangers to nourishing hundreds of people every week. We started by delivering 40 pita to staff at Lumina Hospice in April, as a thank you for their invisible front line work. This week, we gifted our 1,596th meal. Amazing!
In four weeks you all donated over $28,000 to recirculate back into the local food and beverage economy. You, our donors, are one of 300 strong. There are 299 others in this community who, just like you, think anyone who needs a boost right now should get one. We are all so lucky to have neighbors like us!
In the last four weeks we paid restaurant owners $10,395 to prepare meals as gifts for the community.
In the next four we have already promised over another $10,000 to restaurant owners. We wish you could hear their voices when they realize a $1,500 check coming their way. They pay rent, they pay backed up bills, they hire on employees for the day. This is a lifeline for them. One It’s On Us Community Meal could be the difference between remaining open and closing permanently.
In the next four weeks you all will give at least another 1,050 meals to the community, to anyone who wants a boost; no questions asked, no needs assessment.
We hear from those who pick up community meals.
We are community members who lost their jobs, we are single parents who can’t leave the house to go grocery shopping because we can’t leave our kids or take our kids, and we are food makers who are working overtime making food for others and no longer have time to cook for ourselves. We are immunocompromised, we are uninsured with risk factors, and we are just plain exhausted. We all need a boost right now. The gift of a familiar meal, especially one delivered right to the doorstep, is bringing many of us to tears. Thank you.
It’s On Us is a partnership of donors, restaurants, suppliers, employees, and eaters. Together, we are Corvallis.
We ask you to continue to pay it forward when you can, however you are able.
Ashley, Elizabeth, & Aliza