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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. 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 15th.

“We are partnering with Kentucky Harvest and are in competition with Union College 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.

“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 Athletic Department, 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.”

Since the Kentucky Harvest Southeast chapter was formed in 2008, the group has helped facilitate the raising of over 754,100 pounds of food in Knox and Whitley counties.

“Until there is more food in our pantries than there are people who need the food, our work is never done,” said Melissa Newman, president of Kentucky Harvest Southeast. “This collegiate challenge allows our young people to get involved in their own communities and see how they truly can make a difference.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit