The founders of Milwaukie-based Bob's Red Mill announced Wednesday a generous gift to Oregon State University.
The natural foods giant is donating $5 million to OSU. The gift will create a whole grains research and outreach center on the Corvallis campus.
Bob Moore is the company's namesake and CEO.
Moore: "We've been working with the university for several years, with an interest in research in whole grain foods in the diet. And the value of them, for the obesity problems, not only with adults, but with children."
The gift establishes a childhood obesity fund and sponsors the work of graduate students researching the benefits of whole grains. It also endows the center's director and an additional professor.
The Moore family gift is the second largest donation ever received by Oregon State's College of Health and Human Services.