We don't want candy, we want food
Wednesday, October 28, 20090 Comments
On Saturday, Guelph Meal Exchange will kick off its annual Trick Or Eat campaign, where students collect food donations for soc
This Halloween, candy won't be the only thing on people's minds.
On Saturday, Guelph Meal Exchange will kick off their annual Trick Or Eat campaign, which collects food donations on Halloween for local social service agencies and food banks.
Claudia Wong, Donations and Volunteer Coordinator for Meal Exchange Guelph, said more than 1450 participants came out in costume last year, canvassing door-to-door in the community.
In 2008, Guelph collected 44,354 pounds of food valued at $88,000 dollars, beating its own national record.
The donations help benefit local agencies and their clients, Wong noted.
“There are 19 agencies that we support in Guelph and Fergus, from the Guelph Food Bank, to emergency pantries, neighbourhood food banks... we also support a breakfast program for children," Wong said.
Meal Exchange is a nationwide food security awareness group that first started at Wilfred Laurier University 10 years ago. Among its many on-campus campaigns is Skip a Meal, where students are encouraged to donate at least one meal's worth of money to the exchange.
For the organization's annual Trick or East campaign, volunteers in 47 communities across the country dawn costumes and go out with shopping carts, collecting not only candy but non-perishable food and money.
To date, the program has involved 22,800 students and raised over $1,5 million in food donation, the equivalent of roughly six hundred thousand meals.
Wong said that the economic downtown has made annual drives an essential source of food and food money for social service groups.
Online registration for Trick Or Eat can be done on the campaign's website. Volunteers can also register on Saturday, October 31 between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m in the University Centre Courtyard. Tirck or Eat runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Guelph Meal Exchange at , or call (519) 824-4120 X58212