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Daughters enlist community-college alum-dad to help fill CCC student pantry

The Cougar Cave got a big donation last week when Safeway delivered six pallets — more than 2,000 PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Tori (left) and Kristin Woods helped stock the student pantry at Clackamas Community College with the help of their dad and Safeway on Nov. 21.pounds of nonperishable 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.

Tori and Kristin Woods, who are sisters and 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.

"PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - More than 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food is unloaded in front of the student-run pantry at Clackamas Community College.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 two pallets, and then it kept growing."

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. PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - More than 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food is unloaded in front of the student-run pantry at Clackamas Community College."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 "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 also was 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 said. "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."

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