Union College collects over 31,000 pounds of food, earns Golden Can Award

Published on
November 20, 2018
Photo of students loading food into a truck

The Union College community has risen to the challenge in the Pursuit of the Golden Can, a food drive initiative by Kentucky Harvest Southeast.

The Pursuit of the Golden Can is an annual competition between Union College and the neighboring University of the Cumberlands. Both college communities are encouraged 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.

Thanks to the efforts of Union College students, faculty, staff, and community members, the Golden Can Award will remain in the hands of the Bulldogs. The Union community successfully collected 31,463 pounds of food, this amounts to 37 pounds per student.

“Union College prides itself on community involvement. Serving Appalachia is part of our mission statement. The Pursuit of the Golden Can competition is one of the many ways Union gives back but given that it is the holiday season; the donations could not have come at a better time,” said James Becknell, Union College Director of Civic Engagement. “Union is grateful to be a part of such a great event and help so many people.”

The food collected from the competition will be donated to local shelters and food pantries just in time for the holiday season.

“In order to help raise donations we have held a couple in-house competitions,” said Becknell. “We held a building competition in which Speed Hall raised 1,567 lbs. Student Government Association (SGA) also held a competition between clubs and organizations on campus with the Nursing Club raising 1,246 pounds.”

Union College would like to thank all those who donated. Each can will go to someone that needs it. A special ‘Thank You’ goes to Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins and family, Dr. Jim Salvucci and family, Mayor David Thompson, Meghann and Corey Chesnut, Londa Sowders, Debbie Ross, Gina Witt, the Common Partners program, Union College SGA, all the Clubs and Organizations that participated, all of the faculty and staff, and local businesses Crave, The Ugly Mug Coffeehouse, and Blue Line Tactical. 

Bar Graph representing how much food Union College has collected since 2015