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Cumberlands Participates in the “Pursuit of the Golden Can”


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) is taking part in the “Pursuit of the Golden Can” program in association with Kentucky Harvest organized by Don Root. The program is designed to collect and provide food for people in each of their own communities who are in dire need. Food collections will run through November 30th.

“We are partnering with Kentucky Harvest and are in competition with several other colleges and universities, including Union College and Eastern Kentucky University in Corbin, to see who can collect the most canned goods,” stated UC Athletic Director Randy Vernon, a sponsor of UC’s food drive.

While the program provides help to those less fortunate during this time of year; it also helps to bring each college or university’s study body closer together. At the end of the program the college with the most pounds of food per students enrolled will be presented with the Golden Can trophy. University of the Cumberlands, along with Union College, Eastern Kentucky University’s branch in Corbin, Ky., and Somerset Community College are some of the college participants in this program.

“The food drive is something the athletic department has been doing for several years. This year it is a campus wide effort that is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Campus Ministries, and the Athletic Department,” said Vernon.

With so much involvement in this particular event, Cumberlands hopes to provide the community with as much food as possible for the holiday seasons. Anyone can participate by donating canned foods to one of the numerous designated places on campus including the Angel-Dale House and the Student Services office.

“Jesus told us that if we are to follow him we will care for those who are hungry, thirsty, needing clothes and shelter,” said Dean Whitaker, director of Baptist Campus Ministries. “He made it clear that whatever we do for the least, we are doing it for Him. What a simple act it is to share out of our abundance of food and resources.”

Kentucky Harvest has 2,000 volunteers in Kentucky and is a branch of USA Harvest, which has over 117,000 volunteers in 43 states and also has operations in seven foreign countries. USA Harvest is the largest all-volunteer food distribution organization in America, and 100% of all donations go toward the purchase of food. Over 11.5 billion pounds of food have been distributed throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries; close to 50 million pounds in Kentucky. Kentucky Harvest Southeast has brought 349,555 pounds of food to Southeast Kentucky within the past three years.

Food pantries and other establishments funded through the USDA are only allowed to give families a certain number of items; for example, a family of four might only be able to take home four cans of green beans for a week. Kentucky Harvest is able to supplement the food received from these places and send families home with an adequate amount of food to get them through a week without going hungry.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.