The Middlebury Fire Department will help the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in its attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest single-day food drive. The All In Food Drive will attempt to collect at least 565,000 pounds of food items in a 24-hour period.
The Middlebury Fire Department hopes to fill an ambulance with food collected during the Middlebury Third Fridays block party Friday, July 18. Food items may be brought to Jerry’s Standard on the northeast corner of Main and Warren streets from 5 to 8 p.m. The fire department will take the food collected Sunday or Monday to make sure the food from Middlebury is included in the total.
"It’s always wonderful to have a project like this to show other folks in Elkhart County what Middlebury can do," said Sam Pohl, Middlebury Chamber director. “Middlebury always answers the call for someone in need. This project is a great one, and to be able to do it during the monthly Third Fridays event is even better. It’s a chance to be a part of history.”
All food donated during the food drive will be donated to Community Church Services regardless of hitting the world record. Community Church Services provides some support to the Middlebury Food Pantry.
Middlebury Third Fridays are the third Friday of the month from April through December. It is sponsored by the Third Fridays Merchants and Friends who are members of the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce.