Students at a Montreal-area high school are aiming to break a world record for the largest ever food drive in a limited timespan, a record currently held by a university in North Carolina.
The food drive is organized by John Rennie High School in Pointe-Claire on Montreal's West Island, and students are asking Montrealers to hand in non-perishable food items or cash.
The record to beat is 254, 493 kgs of food, and the deadline is exactly one week from the starting point: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.
The school has already collected enough food to fill three classrooms.
On Monday, after the deadline for collecting food expires, the school will film the weighing process, which will be done according to rules laid out by Guiness World Records.
All the proceeds will go to Dans La Rue, an organization that provides help for street kids.
Ryan Stephens-Perrier, a Grade 11 student at the school, said breaking the record is not the main goal.
"Even if it doesn't succeed at breaking the record, we're still gaining a lot of food for Dans La Rue and we're really helping them out."
Montrealers can either drop by the school with non-perishable food or they can donate online.