For the third straight year, Union College will participate in the Pursuit of the Golden Can, a food-drive contest that Union has won for the past two years.
The Golden Can is a trophy that is awarded to the school that collects the most food during a monthlong food drive. The drive is currently underway, and will last until Nov. 15. Union is competing alongside University of the Cumberlands and Eastern Kentucky University.
Richie Mathes, president of the Union College Student Government Association and student organizer of the drive, encouraged the community to participate alongside the Union College campus in the pursuit.
“Knox County, according to the latest census data, is the 12th poorest county in the nation, which means many children and senior citizens – our neighbors – go to bed and wake up hungry,” Mathes said. “Help us show that despite this statistic, we are the strongest county in the nation by donating to a cause which goes directly back to our local food pantry and school systems.”
Austin Sebald, director of the service-based organization at Union, Common Partners, reiterated Mathes’ sentiment, adding that the donations come at a time when food is needed most, the holiday season.
For anyone who wants to donate, there are collection bins set up in every major building on campus, as well as in the local community. They can be found at Super Dollar, at the front of the store, and certain businesses in Barbourville’s town square, including the courthouse. Monetary donations may be submitted to Barbara Teague, the assistant dean for student development,whose office is on the upper level of the Union College Patridge Campus Center. For additional information, contact Sebald at 606-546-1602.