Annual Golden Can competition underway

Local community urged to donate to KY Harvest food drive
Published on
October 25, 2016

Golden Can The Union College community is being urged to support The Pursuit of the Golden Can, a food drive initiative created by Kentucky Harvest Southeast.

This is the 5th year for The Pursuit of the Golden Can, which asks college communities in southeast Kentucky to join together in a food drive to support those less fortunate in our region. The food drive is organized as a competition with the college collecting the most food for Kentucky Harvest Southeast is awarded the prestigious Golden Can. Union College has held the award since the inception of the program, consistently defeating University of the Cumberlands.

“This project is student led and goes so far in helping the student community reach beyond our campus and helping those in need within the Knox County community,” said Rachel Johnson, Student Government Association President. “We encourage our college family to get involved early and encourage each other so the Golden Can remains here on campus.”

Since the program began, Union College and the Barbourville community have collected nearly 40,000 pounds of food. Last year, Union students, staff and community members collected 5,082 pounds of food, enough to provide meals to 10,000 local families.

“That says all you need to know about the tenacity and heart of a Bulldog,” said Don Root, Kentucky Harvest Southeast board member. “The Union College community well represents their mascot in all they do.”

In addition to food being collected on campus by students and staff, community members are urged to collect food and contribute to the initiative. A number of community businesses and partners support the food drive each year. Monetary donations are also accepted and are used to purchase food locally for the program.

Kentucky Harvest Southeast works to ensure all donations are distributed to local families through local food banks. Last year, Union College students joined Kentucky Harvest Southeast in distributing the donations to the Christian Life Fellowship Food Pantry in Barbourville.

Currently, Pursuit of the Golden Can collection bins are placed in buildings across the Union College campus. Donations can also be directly provided to the Center for Civic Engagement located on Judge Street across from Lakeside Athletics Facility.

To support the Pursuit of the Golden Can, contact Stefanie Edgell, Asst. Coordinator for the Center for Civic Engagement, as 546.1361 or

You can learn more about Kentucky Harvest Southeast by visiting