Published: November 10, 2008
Cans Across America is more than just a food drive. For members of The
University of Tampa community, Nov. 12 will bring an opportunity to help
break a world record while raising awareness of world hunger.
part of a nationwide effort, UT dining services is organizing a daylong
food drive in an effort to help break the world record for largest food
drive by a non-charitable organization.
The ultimate goal is to
collect 2,000 pounds of canned food items as part of “Cans Across
America,” an event organized by Sodexo USA in conjunction with the
Sodexo Foundation and the STOP Hunger Initiative. Across the nation,
Sodexo aims to collect more than 396,832 pounds of food from more than
450 colleges and universities, corporate dining locations and health
care centers. Topping that goal will break the world record for largest
food drive by a non-charitable organization.
student is deeply concerned about social issues in the communities in
which they grew up and currently live in,” said Wade Burghardt-Culp,
marketing director for Sodexo at UT. “Cans Across America is a great way
for them to get involved and make a positive impact at home and all
across the country.”
Sodexo will collect donations of canned
food items all day in UT’s Ultimate Dining cafeteria and Stadium Center
food court. Students as well as UT faculty and staff members will be
encouraged to participate through a series of promotional events on
campus that day.
Beginning at 8 a.m., student teams will come
together in UT’s Vaughn Center Plaza for the “Can-Do Builders
Challenge.” Each team will vie for the prize of a $300 catering gift
certificate as they seek to collect cans in order to build can
sculptures in the plaza.
One of the event’s major attractions
will take place from noon to 2 p.m., when UT senior J.J. Paolino
entertains the crowd with an acoustic guitar performance. Paolino’s
performance will air live on local community radio station WMNF.
the student volunteer organization at UT, will also display an
eye-opening installation piece that will visually represent the
percentage of the world that lives in poverty. The piece will consist of
reflective popsicle sticks placed in rows across the plaza. PEACE will
also distribute information on hunger and homelessness.
the current state of the economy, unemployment, gas and food prices, now
more than ever we need to reach out to those in need,” said
All food items collected at the UT event will be
donated to America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay. Individuals who
donate canned or pre-packaged food items to the event will also be
eligible to win a mountain bike courtesy of Kellogg’s.
For more information about the Cans Across America event at UT, contact Wade Burghardt-Culp at