Union collects over 31,000 pounds of food, keeps Golden Can Trophy

Published on
November 25, 2019


L to R: Meghann Chestnut, Executive Director of Community Relations & Events; David Barton, President of Kentucky Harvest Southeast; Amy Fee, Director of Civic Engagement; James Becknall, Dean of Students

For the 9th time, and for the 3rd consecutive year, Union College wins The Pursuit of the Golden Can, an annual food drive competition created by Kentucky Harvest Southeast.

Each year, Union College and University of the Cumberlands go head to head to collect and donate canned goods, bottled drinks, and other food items. The award is based on the total weight of food collected. The poundage gets divided by the number of residential students on campus for a total of food donated per residential student per campus.

“Union College enjoys being involved with the community as much as possible. We always strive to follow our mission statement and the Golden Can competition is a great way for us to do so,” says Amy Fee, Director of Civic Engagement.

“With the donations for the Golden Can arriving during the holiday season, they could not have come at a better time, as many individuals will benefit from them," she adds.

Collectively students, faculty, staff, and the Barbourville community raised a total of 30,148 pounds this year. All food collected is staying in Knox County to help those in need.

“Growing up being someone who went to the food pantry every month, I appreciate what my college is doing,” says one Union College student.

To raise donations on campus, a friendly in-house competition was held between each building. 

“This year, Speed Hall, by a small margin, won over Sharp by donating a little over 550 pounds. The Student Government Association (SGA) donated $1,500.00 and held a competition between clubs and organizations on campus with the Union College Student Ambassadors raising 1,000 pounds,” says Fee. 

Union College would like to thank all those who donated. A special ‘Thank You’ goes to Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins and family, Dr. Jim Salvucci and Marie Sennett, Mayor David Thompson, Corey and Meghann Chesnut, Londa Sowders, Debbie Ross, Dr. Russ Sisson, Andra Butler, Gina Witt, Paige Cobb, Trevor Mills, Justin Fee and Nadia Fee, Jimbo Hall, Erika Broady, Scott and Monica Clouse, the Common Partners Program, Union College SGA, and local establishments: Crave, Grateful Ed’s, The Ugly Mug Coffeehouse, IGA, Save-A-Lot, Hometown Bank, Forcht Bank, and Blue Line Tactical.