On the first-ever Day of Giving, Feb. 14-15, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences encourages supporting a new scholarship fund for its food-insecure students.
The CFAES Nourishing Success Scholarship Fund (#315732), created through a gift from Bill Hoerger and Ellen Lake of Oakland, Calif., helps cover costs of meal plans for college juniors and seniors who live off-campus and are income-eligible.
“There is an incalculable benefit to enable students to pursue college careers without having to focus on their personal food issues.” Hoerger said. “It had hit me that ready access to food really nourishes success.”
Hoerger, a college alum (BS 1964, Rural Sociology; MS 1968, Agricultural Economics) and loyal donor, said he and his wife Lake were inspired by The Ohio State University’s first Buckeye Summit last year, which focused on food security.
Every $4 donated to the scholarship fund provides a meal to a student in need, allowing them to concentrate on their studies instead of their empty stomachs.
“In terms of this effort, my own contribution has been too small to be able to reach many people,” Hoerger said. “What is going to really resonate with me is if other folks now recognize this need and the value of supporting this project.
“It is a great opportunity for commercial and industrial sectors who are really interested in supporting Ohio State and the college,” he said.