Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007
Indiana Memorial Union Dining Services targets Guinness World Record
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- On Wednesday (Nov. 7), the Indiana Memorial Union Dining Services at Indiana University Bloomington will try to break the Guinness® World Record for the most non-perishable food collected in a 24-hour period.
In 2006, an event called Cans Across America was introduced at colleges across the United States. The objective of the event was to break the Guinness® World Record for the most non-perishable food collected in a 24-hour period.
Last year's national collection fell just short of the current world record of 221,028.85 pounds, which included 2,500 pounds of food brought in by the IU community. Indiana Memorial Union Dining Services is set to make this year's event bigger and better than last year.
"Our local challenge last year was 2,500 pounds. This year, we've raised the bar to 5,000," said Steve Mangan, general manager of Dining Services at the Indiana Memorial Union.
All of the food collected by the Indiana Memorial Union will be donated locally to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Cans Across America 2007 will be held from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in all Indiana Memorial Union retail dining locations.
Cans Across America is a unique promotion because it combines a nationwide stop hunger initiative with a rewarding experience in which all students can be proud to participate. Many students are concerned about social issues and the communities in which they live, and this promotion is a great way for them to get involved and make a positive impact. Students, faculty, staff and the general community are encouraged to participate in this initiative.
"We are very excited to make this year's Cans Across America event even bigger and better than last year's, and we are confident that the record will soon belong to us! We invite everyone who is willing to come out and contribute to this great cause," Mangan said.
To find out how you can participate, please contact Indiana Memorial Union Dining Services at 812-855-1777, or visit www.imu.indiana.edu.