For the third consecutive year, Union College captured the title in the “Pursuit of the Golden Can.”
Led by the on-campus service organization “Common Partners,” Union students, faculty and staff, along with the Barbourville community, collected more than 10,000 lbs. of food during this annual food-drive competition.
Richie Mathes, student organizer of the event, credits the community involvement through the first ever Business Food Drive as part of Union’s success. He added that more than 2,000 lbs. of the food came from the mayor’s office and Barbourville City Schools, and thanked additional businesses for their support.
“Union College is really thankful for the Barbourville Mountain Advocate, the First United Methodist Church and the Law Office of Cole, Cole, Anderson and Newman, as well as the offices of Billy Taylor and Paul Baker. We also want to give special recognition to Brian Barnhill’s donation,” Mathes said. “Next year we look to build on this year’s success by getting more businesses involved, and by creating a Hunger Bowl. Thank you again for everyone’s support.”
Union competed in the “Pursuit of the Golden Can” alongside University of the Cumberlands and Eastern Kentucky University. All food collected by Union was donated either to local food shelters or the Knox County School System’s Backpack Program right before the Thanksgiving holiday.