Nov 18, 2008

Collection of 6,207 lbs. pops the top on Liberty’s Cans Across America drive

by Danielle Talbert

Liberty students teamed up with Sodexho Dining Services to produce Liberty’s largest campaign against hunger since the drive began in 2006. Nov. 12 marked the day Liberty tripled its goal of 1,971 pounds of canned goods, in honor of Liberty’s founding year.

Students were invited to drop off canned goods at the donation site in front of the Schilling Center while on their way to the communion service. The final count was 6,207 pounds. The turnout surpassed last year’s total of 1,300 pounds.

“I can’t believe it, even still. I am amazed at the generosity of the students, faculty and staff of Liberty University,” Elizabeth VanWingerden, resident marketing manager for Liberty dining, said.

Cans Across America is a non-charitable organization dedicated to providing food to hungry people in communities. Partnering with 530 universities nationwide, the organization set out to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Food Drive by a Non-Charitable Organization in a 24-hour period. In order to reach this goal, the drive would need to exceed 396,832 pounds of food.

All donations received by Liberty are going to the Lynchburg Daily Bread, a “non-profit organization that provides the needy with free, nutritious meals and a setting for social interaction,” according to its mission statement provided on its Web site, The organization provides over 400,000 meals every year to the needy in the Lynchburg community. A day shelter is also available for individuals and families to socialize and search for jobs.

In America alone, over 30 million people go hungry each day. Some are counted lucky to have one small meal per day.

Due to its generosity, Liberty will end up as the number one school in terms of amount of donations for the Mid-Atlantic region, according to VanWingerden.

“It’s exciting and humbling to be a part of this and to see how many students and faculty were willing to give to this cause. It’s truly amazing,” VanWingerden said.

For more information on donations or volunteering at the Lynchburg Daily Bread, visit


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