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Trick-or-Eat a Success: 15,000kg of Food Donated

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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  • Students congregate in the UC.

    Students congregate in the UC.

Written by Janet Errygers

Halloween, students of the University of Guelph have the opportunity to don their costumes and go trick-or-treating, but instead of asking for candy, participants request donations of non-perishable food items. This year, more than 15,000 kilograms of food was donated to the Guelph Food bank.

Since 2001, this event has taken place annually and has continued to grow – this year, 1,500 students took part. Of all the universities in Canada, Guelph has the highest Trick-or-Eat participation and has collected the most food items. This initiative is hosted by Meal Exchange, which puts on several food fundraisers throughout the year.

Thecannon.ca volunteer, Chanditha Priyanatha, participated in Trick-or-Eat for the first time this year. He says:
“This was the first time I had done Trick or Eat, and therefore it was a sort of adventure to me. I had a group of five (including myself) with whom I went. We were given a road map and instructed to ask for donations of non-perishable food items for the Guelph Food Bank, as well as to hand out cards with information on how to become a registered donor. Each registration guaranteed a donation of $10 for the program by Loblaws. My group was made up of students from OCUS, and we went to a residential area off of Wellington street. The residents were really generous and some were expecting us with bags full of items to donate. Those who weren't expecting us had the courtesy to look inside for anything they could donate. In brief, we collected a lot of food items and the event was very successful. The generosity and courtesy of the residents made this night possible. There were also many other volunteers who dressed up and worked hard towards the goal of collecting food items - I heard that we managed to collect $70,000 worth or more.”

Last year in Guelph, there were over 13,000 people who required assistance from the food bank. 1/5 of Guelph residents are at risk of hunger, with 45% of these people being under the age of 15 years old. Canada-wide, there are nearly 2.5 million people suffering from hunger, with over 720,000 receiving food from a food bank monthly.

On top of the incentive from Loblaws to donate $10 per registered households, WestJet supplied two plane tickets to anywhere in the world to be raffled off to participants. As well, TD will provide a $500 scholarship to the top student fundraiser.

If you are interested in volunteering or helping out Meal Exchange in any way, please visit their office in UC 334.

The CSA Food Bank, located on campus, is accessible to all students. Please email for more information.

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