USC Upstate News

Food Drive Seeks World Record

11- 13- 2008

Originally posted with video at

By Rich Klindworth
Published: November 12, 2008

Helping out the needy Wednesday in the Upstate could get some generous donors into the Guinness Book of World Records. 

The pile of donated non-perishable food sitting in the USC Upstate cafeteria could help bring a piece of history to its donors.  Students, faculty, and others from across the Upstate area were busy donating the food Wednesday.  Their goal: donate more than 396,000 pounds of non-perishable food in 24-hours.  If they do, it will be a new Guinness Book World Record. 

Sodexo Campus Dining Services is hosting the event, which is called, “Cans Across America.” Along with USC Upstate, more than 900 other schools across the country will be taking part trying to reach this goal together. 

Although those involved would like to get the record, they feel it is more important that the “hungry” in the Upstate will be taken care of. 

Those who donated Wednesday were given a free lunch.  Converse college, Spartanburg Methodist College, and the South Carolina School for the Def and Blind also participated in the food drive.

It will take about a week to figure out if Cans Across America set the new world record.