Call for Food for Thought Advisory Board & Working Group
Author: Re-Building Food For Thought Team
Posted: June 3, 2014

We would like to invite you to be a part of the process of re-envisioning, re-structuring, and re-opening Food for Thought Café on PSU campus. We invite you to apply for a position on the 10-12 person advisory board tasked with creating a business plan that addresses the multiple issues that led to the café’s closure. We really need your help to re-open!

First and foremost, we are looking for people—students, staff, faculty, and community members--with an interest in Food for Thought. This is a voluntary role, so we are seeking people intrinsically motivated to do this work. We would also love to see any of the following:

  • sustainable food systems experience (sourcing, health code, gardening, etc.)
  • restaurant management, business, and/or marketing experience
  • interest in community building, community health, and food justice
  • accounting and cash handling
  • passion for enriching, engaged learning opportunities for PSU students and campus community
  • systems design (permaculture, applied living systems principles, modeling)

Working Groups

Participation in this Advisory Board would involve work on one (or more!) of these specific committees:

  • Budgeting, Accounting & Cash Handling: bookkeeping, POS system, cashiering, budgeting, inventory, financial statements and reporting
  • Food: menu planning, sustainable sourcing (i.e., Farm to Table), environmental impact assessment, waste management, life cycle analysis of food
  • Personnel: staffing (what jobs need to get done), labor hours, training, hiring, scheduling, onboarding/offboarding
  • Space Management: inventory storage, re-organizing kitchen, restaurant layout, risk management
  • Outreach, Education & Inclusion: marketing, creating a safer space, events, customer service, community building
  • Logistics: Policy and process development, handbook, performance management
  • Organizational Learning: employee learning and leadership outcomes, cross-campus collaboration for student learning, campus as a living laboratory


We plan to schedule the first advisory board meeting between June 23rd and 27th pending availability of those appointed. We will continue to meet as a board every two weeks throughout the summer with additional committee work that will need to be accomplished in the interim. Members should be able to commit to the advisory board for the duration of the summer. Pending the creation of an ongoing advisory board within the business plan, members may continue on the board beyond the end of Summer if interested.

Becoming a Member

Interested students, staff, faculty, and community members may apply or nominate others to become members of the advisory board, who will then be appointed by Aimee Shattuck, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. Applicants who are not appointed to the board may be invited to share specific expertise on occasion and/or to serve on a working group. We will begin to review applications on Tuesday, June 17. We will also hold an info session at 5pm on Thursday, June 12 in Food for Thought Café.

Please submit applications or nominations to:

We thank you so much for your continued support of Food For Thought’s mission to provide affordable, vegetarian, whole foods and a socially engaged space that’s safe and inclusive to all. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Hamilton at – 503.725.5652.

We look forward to working with you.