November 6, 2007
07-158

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Jenna Gilbert Marketing Manager, Campus Dining (229) 333-7146

VSU Aims to Break Guinness World Record for Food Drive

VALDOSTA - Campus Dining Services at Valdosta State University will aim to break the Guinness World Record for most nonperishable food collected in a 24-hour period at the “Can Challenge” from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, on Palms Quad.

The Guiness World Record of 221,028.85 pounds is a lofty one, but VSU’s Campus Dining, operated by Sodexho Campus Services, is eager to help other Sodexho campuses claim collect the most items to set the new world record.

Through the “Can Challenge,” VSU will join college campuses across the United states in the effort to help fight hunger. Anyone can participate by donating nonperishable goods or by creating special artistic structures out of canned food, which will be judged in a competition. Participants may win prizes, while making a positive impact on the community. All the cans used to build each structure will be donated to the Second Harvest of South Georgia’s Valdosta Foodbank.

“This stop hunger inititiave will allow VSU community members show off their overwhelming generosity, and their competative spirit,” Jenna Gilbert, Campus Dining Marketing Manager, said.

Pre-registration is required for the “Can Challenge,” which is one of several events planned for the university’s weeklong canned food drive. Donations may also be dropped off at any of VSU’s dining locations until Nov. 9. For more information, call (229) 333-7146 or visit: http://services.valdosta.edu/dining .