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U of G students "scared up" over 43,000 lbs of food on Halloween for Food Bank

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Written by Jordan Thompson, Meal Exchange

On Halloween evening 1,450 costumed University of Guelph students descended upon the Guelph community in the name of hunger. These students were canvassing door to door collecting non-perishable food items for the Guelph Food Bank as a part of Meal Exchange’s annual ‘Trick or Eat’ event. In only 3 short hours, the volunteer trick or eaters collected 43,648 lbs of food, approximately $87,200 worth of donations, the highest ever collected by a single Meal Exchange chapter. University of Guelph students also raised $5,469.00 online at www.trickoreat.ca.

The 1450 volunteers assembled in the University Centre at 4:30pm where they were joined by The MJ’s, a 3-student band, for their debut performance, Brenda Whitesite, the Vice President of Student Affairs, and an event team of over 35 hardworking people. Over 202 team captains signed in their Trick or Eat team during that time, while Meal Exchange also held their annual costume contest before sending the first wave of students to their designated buses and routes at 5:30pm. Prizes were handed out for Best Costume, Scariest Costume and Best Group Costume. The organizers would like to extend a thank you to all local business who generously donated to the event.

The organizers had set an ambitious goal of 38,000 lbs with aims to beat last year’s total of 36,024 lbs, and thanks to the combined efforts of students and community members that goal was highly surpassed. The 43,648 lbs of food creates 34,880 meals for the over 13,000 clients of the Food Bank, putting the Guelph Food Bank far beyond their 80,000 lb goal for their October Food Drive. "We couldn't be more ecstatic about the outcome of Trick or Eat this year. Results are pouring in across the country and more than anything it shows the incredible capacity of youth to truly make a difference in their communities. We couldn't be more proud of the University of Guelph and their efforts- the fact that they repeatedly beat national records never ceases to amaze us," said Leisha Zamecnik, Meal Exchange Communications and Programme Manager.

Together, the 56 Meal Exchange chapters had 5,917 registered student volunteers collect $368,529.83 worth of food, equivalent to 147,411 meals for local food banks across Canada, the United States, and Australia. There was also $22,537 collected online at www.trickoreat.ca, doubling last year’s online donations.

Earlier in the Semester, Meal Exchange also ran their bi-annual ‘Skip a Meal’ campaign, giving students, faculty, and staff of the University a chance to donate a ‘meal’s worth’ of money from their meal plans to support Meal Exchange’s 19 local agencies of Guelph. Students and Staff donated $26,664.55, which bought over 10,000 meals for the agencies, making it the most successful ‘Skip a Meal’ campaign to date. The Guelph Meal Exchange Team will be delivering the meals and supplies to the agencies on November 15th.

For more information about Meal Exchange and Trick or Eat, visit:
www.mealexchange.com | www.trickoreat.ca


For Further Media Inquiries or photographs, Contact:
Meal Exchange Guelph Meal Exchange National
Jordan Thompson Dave Kranenburg
Education & promotions Coordinator Executive Director
Phone: 519-824-4120 x 58212 Phone: 416-657-4489
Cell: 519-400-2475 Cell: 416-824-1917

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