TROY - Student organizations at Troy University will take a stand against hunger in the community on Wednesday, as the University's Office of Civic Engagement presents the seventh annual Can Castle Contest on the Troy Campus.
Organizations will collect canned goods, as well as items that can be used in the University's Backpacks for Kids programs, and utilize those items in building castles on the patio outside of the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Winners in the categories of Best Overall Castle, Most Items Collected, Outstanding Greek Organization and Outstanding Student Organizations will be announced at 1 p.m.
In addition to the goal of collecting 6,000 cans of food to benefit children in the Troy community, students hope to build awareness of the issue while they build their castles.
"We are looking forward to our seventh annual Can Castle Contest where the campus mobilizes to address local hunger," said Jonathan Cellon, associate dean of First Year Studies. "More than 25 percent of Pike County residents and more than 35 percent of children live below the federal poverty line, and this event raises needed awareness and resources to address hunger. We are appreciative of the groups who participate and support our Campus Kitchens and Backpacks for Kids food assistance programs through this event."