The Elkhart County 4-H Fair and Church Community Services are partnering together to help local people in need and  set a new world record for the amount of food collected in a food drive, but need others help to make it happen.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair’s “ALL IN” Food Drive will attempt a Guinness World Record for the largest single-day food drive by a non-charitable organization. The world record attempt will happened during the fair from 1 p.m. Sunday, July 20, to 1 p.m. Monday, July 21. Non-expired food items can be dropped off at the pick-up/drop off area near gate 2. People can also help by collecting food in advance, volunteering during the 24-hour event or contributing an online donation at 4HFair.org/fooddrive. Donations can be made now online by credit, debit or ACH at 4HFair.org/fooddrive.

If everybody contributes, the community can break the current record of 559,885 lbs. of food, collected in 24 hours by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Food Drive on March 5, 2011.

All donations will benefit the Food Bank of Elkhart County, a program of Church Community Services that provides food for hungry families through food pantries and hot meal sites. According to the organization Feeding America, more than one in four children in Elkhart County live in food-insecure households, which means their homes lack the resources to provide reliable food supplies.

Shelly Steury is one of the people planning and organizing the food drive. She said she wanted to create an event that the whole community could participate in.

“This food drive will help many families in our area and make a difference in their lives,” she Steury.

Along with the food drop off area inside gate 2, the Northridge Girls Tennis team will walk along the Church Community Services truck during Sunday’s fair parade, collecting food items from people. Other drop off points collecting items for the food drive through July 18 include Key Bank locations in Elkhart County, First State Bank of Goshen, the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Martin’s Supermarkets, Sunrise Sprinklers, Watson Family Dentistry, Middlebury Police Department, Texas Road House and Spherion Staffing.

People who donate food items at the gate 2 drop off can have the opportunity to win a number of prizes. Spherion Staffing will be set up by Church Community Services and people who donate food and fill out an application with Spherion can enter to win an iPad and get Indiana State Fair tickets. People who donate food can also register for a chance to win two track tickets to the fair’s Justin Moore concert.

The fair is also looking for help from other local organizations. Any individuals or organizations that would like to get involved can contact Shelly Steury at shellysteury@msn.com.

The 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair, “ALL IN” 4-H Fun, runs July 18-26. For more information go to www.4hfair.org, @ElkhartCo4HFair on Twitter or www.facebook.com/elkhartcounty4Hfair.

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