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OSU gets $5M from Red Mill Founders to Establish New Center

January 22nd, 2011
"Bob and Charlee Moore"The money will be used to establish the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health in OSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. The center will support the school’s research on nutrition, childhood obesity and related topics — and promote healthy eating.

“Charlee and I are particularly concerned about the pressure on young people to eat junk: pop, candy, empty calories,” said Bob Moore in a statement. “Far too many kids are overweight, and so are their parents. It’s a very serious problem for our nation and the world. This center at OSU will help provide solutions.”

The gift will provide endowments for the center’s director and an additional professor, along with two programmatic funds to support the center’s research and outreach, including a fund focused on childhood obesity.

The gift also will create an endowed fellowship fund for graduate students who want to study, research and advance the health and nutritional benefits of whole grain foods. A final portion of the gift will allow the university to renovate the food research laboratory in Milam Hall where faculty and students will study whole grain foods and ways to promote healthy eating behavior.

Bob and Charlee Moore started Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods in 1978 in an historic flour mill near Oregon City, with a mission to promote healthier diets loaded with whole grains. Now based in Milwaukie, the company is a leader in providing whole grain natural foods to international markets.

The gift qualifies for the OSU Provost’s Faculty Match Program, an initiative to encourage donor investments in endowed faculty positions that help advance priorities identified in the university’s strategic plan. Over five years the match will provide an additional $675,000 to launch the Moore Family Center.

The donation also delivered a nice boost to OSU’s fundraising campaign, which has now raised more than $659 million. The university’s goal is to raise $850 million.

Courtesy of: Portland Business Journal – by Suzanne Stevens , Web editor

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 1:30pm PST

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