On August 28th, 2012, McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services, along with 250 volunteers including students, staff, and faculty members, took to their knifes and cutting boards, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest fruit salad.
Weighing in at over 11,000 pounds, the fruitful initiative was led by Mathieu LaPerle, Executive Director of SHHS, Oliver DeVolpi, Executive Chef, and the SHHS food and dining team in an effort to promote community engagement, sustainable practices, and healthy eating.
In all, some 5,000 pounds of watermelon, 1,300 pounds of cantaloupe, 1,000 pounds of honeydew, 2,250 pounds of pineapple, 220 pounds of apples and 360 pounds of strawberries were used in the record-breaking bounty with more than 60% of the fruit being harvested at McGill’s own Macdonald Campus Farm.
A portion of the salad was sold in McGill cafeterias with proceeds donated to Centraide. Montreal charities, including Moisson Montréal, the Old Brewery Mission, Dans la Rue, Welcome Hall Mission and Meals on Wheels, were also able to benefit from the flavorful endeavor.