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EAC’s Sodexho food service seeks to break canned food drive record

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EAC’s Sodexho food service seeks to break canned food drive record

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—On October 18th 2006, Eastern Arizona College’s Sodexho Campus Dining participated in a nationwide effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in a 24-hour period.

The current record is 156,889.34 pounds and is held by Thunder in the Valley of Bechtelsville, PA. “Our attempt at breaking this record involved the combined effort of all Sodexho campus dining accounts across the country,” said Sodexho-EAC’s publicity coordinator, Darin Isaksen. Some of the guidelines for submitting the collection to Guinness for verification included keeping a tally of the net weight of each can of food as described on its label. Additionally, all cans collected were to be donated to a local charity.

“We selected S.T.I.R. (Stirring Teens in Rural) America as our charity because most of the work that they do is with young people,” explained Isaksen. “They give a lot to young married couples and single students.”

Randy Clonts, director of the S.T.I.R., says that in addition to the work they do to provide a safe, positive, and fun environment for teens at their Main Street location, they have also distributed over $40,000 worth of food to different local agencies including the Safford Boys and Girls Club, the Mt. Graham Safe House, local food banks, and the Graham County ARC Thrift Store.

“We are delighted to have been selected to receive the canned goods,” said Clonts. “We can put it to good use!”

Sodexho’s corporate offices are still tallying the numbers to turn in to Guinness. “With approximately 200 locations still to report their collections, we are conservatively hopeful,” said Isaksen. “The remaining locations will need to average 258 net weight pounds of food if we are going to break the record. That’s a lot of cans,” he said.

Food Service Director and General Manager of Sodexho-EAC Rick Rickman said, “We’re glad to be able to participate in this world-record drive and are even more pleased that our efforts to collect have benefited a local charity.”