On Thursday, March 20, Kentucky Harvest Southeast presented Union College with the Golden Can Trophy in recognition of its students, faculty and staff who raised 15,284 pounds of food — equaling 30,568 meals — for needy families in Eastern Kentucky. Union beat out University of the Cumberland for the third year in a row to earn this honor.
The Pursuit of the Golden Can competition is a collegiate contest that takes place among several Eastern Kentucky schools from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 each year, in which the colleges battle, pound for pound, to collect food for needy families during the holiday season. The winner brings home a commemorative trophy made from a food can. The Golden Can trophy is passed from school to school each year, denoting the school that raised the most food for that year. The customary January awards presentation had to be delayed because of weather.
“Since we started the Golden Can contest, we have had other college campuses participate in this program, but this past year it came down to Union College and the University of the Cumberlands,” said Kentucky Harvest Southeast Chairman, Jim Dorn. “The board of Kentucky Harvest especially wants to recognize the leadership of both of these academic institutions for their continued support of our program and their commitment to help fight hunger in our region, especially during this most recent, harsh winter.”
“This annual food drive brings out the very best of our community spirit, allowing us to help feed the less fortunate while adding an exciting competitive twist,” said Union College President Marcia Hawkins. “We are very proud to earn this special award for the third year in a row, having collected 4,795 pounds of food in 2011 and more than 10,000 pounds in our 2012 drive.”
About Kentucky Harvest Southeast:
Kentucky Harvest Southeast is run by a volunteer board of directors who have a passion for providing nutritional food to families and children by locating, organizing and networking with individuals and groups who can provide food to those in need food in a timely manner. The organization’s goal is to change lives so individuals can learn, grow and succeed for the betterment of our communities. Since 2008, Kentucky Harvest Southeast has distributed more than 800,000 pounds of Food, representing 1,600,000 meals, to Southeastern Kentucky with no administrative costs or cost to recipients. To learn more, visit www.kyharvestsoutheast.org.