Students break food drive record

March 7, 2011 6:40:18 AM PST
Students at the North Carolina School of Science and Math are celebrating a world record.

They collected 540,508 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina Saturday.

That's a world record for a one-day collection.

The school has been getting ready for the record attempt for weeks.

Food bank officials say the drive comes at a critical time - when demand for food for struggling families keeps rising.

"Because a lot of people who were donors of ours are now in need themselves. So we do see an increase," Christy Simmons with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC explained.

The buzz about the half-million pound goal helped get people to particpate.

"It's something that we're going for, something that we're using to get people attracted, but it's not our main goal. We want to help people," said NCSSM student Zack Fowler.

Students also got some help from big corporate donors.

"You know, at the end, it's all about feeding the hungry, and that's what we're excited about," said Wal-Mart district manager Anthony Soto.

Despite the huge collection effort, the need continues. Food bank managers said the drive collected just the equivalent of one week's demand at the bank in the current economy.

Additional Information and Resources:

NCSSM Food Drive website

Food Bank website

Food Drive on Facebook

Food Drive on Twitter

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