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It's official: Science and Math owns food drive record!

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The Guinness World Record for :Largest food drive in 24 hours - single location" is now held by the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, the U.S. Veterans Corps, Wal-Mart and the Church of Latter Day Saints.

On March 30, Guinness World Records certified a new record for the 24 hour food drive that the groups held at Science and Math March 5, collecting 559,885 pounds of food.

“The event could not have happened with the support of a large number of people,” Brent Kappler, president of the Veterans Corps, said in a release. “I am proud of the work of our members and for their commitment throughout the day and night driving fork lifts, weighing food, and loading and unloading pallets.”

Guinness World Records had both a previous official record of just over 509,000 pounds and a pending record of over 515,000 pounds that were beaten during this event.

NCSSM invited the Veterans Corps to assist in making this record break a reality because of their logistical operations experience with events such as Operation Coming Home and Extreme Makeover.  

“It was very apparent what the USVC meant to the students and staff of the North Carolina School of Science and Math in achieving this world record,” said Kappler. “Congratulations to the students and staff of the N.C. School of Science and Math.”

Guinness World Records will present the new record holders with a certificate. In addition, a celebration wil be held at Science and Math April 13 for all involved.

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Mark Schultz is the editor of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News.