Elkhart County 4-H Fair food drive gaining community support

    The Elkhart County 4-H Fair needs to collect about 12-and-a-half semi trucks full of food for Church Community Services during one day of the fair. 

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.

    Since the fair announced it would host the world’s biggest food drive, support has poured in from the community, co-organizer Shelly Steury said.

    There are donation boxes set up inside Martin’s Supermarkets, Key Bank locations and the Boys and Girls Club in Goshen, and some community groups and businesses are organizing mini drives.

    The idea is to collect as much food as possible before the 24-hour food drive even starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.

    Starting at 1 p.m., all the food must be taken to the fairgrounds, weighed and placed on a truck that will later take the food to Church Community Services’ food bank. 

    If the fair can gather 560,000 pounds of food — about 12 and a half semi trucks full — it will break the Guinness World Record for largest food drive currently held by a school in North Carolina. 

    Lippert Components Inc. has agreed to provide the 24-hour video footage of the food being brought to the fairgrounds, as required by Guinness, and accountants with Insight Accounting will be on site to keep track of food weight. 

    Here’s a few ways you can help:

    Donate food

    Bring food to any of the local donation boxes now, or to the fairgrounds Sunday, July 20, or Monday, July 21, before 1 p.m. It’s important to bring food that is not past its expiration date, because old food will have to be thrown away and it won’t count toward the total. 

    If you plan on watching the parade on Sunday, bring nonperishable food donations with you. The Northridge High School tennis team will be pushing carts in the parade so onlookers can just place their donations in when they pass by, Steury said. 

    Host a food drive

    If you’d like to have your own food drive at your workplace, church or business, you can pick up a food drive box or barrel from Church Community Services’ office at 907 Oakland Ave. in Elkhart.

    Talk about the food drive

    Steury hopes community members already donating food or planning to donate will talk to friends and family about the fair’s world record attempt and get more people interested in participating.

    "This is not a regular food drive,“ she said. ”It’s ownership in the world record attempt.“

    'Like’ the food drive 

    Find more information and ask questions on the Elkhart County 4-H Fair All In Food Drive Facebook page, at facebook.com/4hfooddrive.

    Steury regularly checks the page and is available there to answer questions. Or, email her at shellysteury@msn.com.

    Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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