Troy University aims to set can drive world record

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Troy University Dining Services are working to set a world record once again, but they can’t do it without some help.

On Nov. 12, from 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Troy University’s Sodexo will be collecting canned goods in hopes of getting some Guiness-book recognition.

Marketing Coordinator Chelsea Stender said this food drive will be held on Troy’s campus, but it extends beyond just its borders.

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“It’s a huge food drive, and all the different campuses with Sodexo around the U.S. are participating on the 12th as a collective effort to raise awareness,” Stender said. “But we are also trying to get this world record for the ‘largest 24-hour food drive in multiple locations by a non-charitable organization.’”

This food drive is something they have been doing for years, and just two years ago, Troy came close to breaking the record.

“I don’t know how close we were, but it was close,” said Catering Director Brenda Summers. “And, last year we ended up being the highest in our region as far as gathering for the community.”

All goods collected will be donated locally to the Collegedale Church of Christ Food Bank, a place that is lacking donations in harsh economic times.

“They said they really needed the food especially with the economy like it has been,” Stender said. “When I talked to them the other day, they said they had four or five people come in to get food just that day.”

Food will be collected at Troy’s Stewart Dining Hall and Trojan Center Food Court, and members of the community are encouraged to join students in giving to this cause.

“I had a great response last year from the community and the school, and I had an enormous amount of volunteers, and they just flooded in,” Summers said.