Feed Our Children NOW, a charity founded in Camden, is hoping to break the Guinness world record for most food collected in a single location in eight hours on Friday.
The charity has teamed up with the U.S. Army, farmers, and community leaders to gather more than 250,000 pounds of food in the city from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The charity, which is travelling with Vans Warped Tour sponsored by Journeys, has been collecting food at stops around the country, averaging two to four tons in each city.
To break the world record, Feed Our Children NOW will have to collect 125 tons of food in Camden.
“The goal is to feed all the children in Camden for the remainder of the summer,” said charity founder Lana Posner. “We know that’s a particularly difficult time because there are no school lunches. So summer is a critical time to provide food to the children and the families that have children.”
Concert-goers, vendors, and Campbell’s are donating food to help the effort at the Susquehanna Bank Center and Lot 12 between Cooper and Penn streets next to Campbell’s Field.
Civic engagement has been overwhelming, Posner said.
“This is a true community effort. No one is making money off of this, there are no sponsorships. This is everyone coming together to help the children in Camden,” she said.
Once the food is collected, it will be givens to 21 charities in Camden for distribution through the community.
Feed Our Children NOW started in 2007 with a food drive to help kids in Camden. Today, the charity annually travels with Vans Warped Tour to collect and deliver food to children across the U.S.