Students Encouraged to Collect Food Halloween Night

October 22, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

Hundreds of U of G students will be dressing up and knocking on doors Halloween night in search of non-perishable food items rather than candy as part of the "Trick or Eat" campaign.

Organized by Meal Exchange, the annual campaign involves students going door to door collecting items for the Guelph Food Bank.

Last year U of G students set the national record with more than 1,200 participants collecting 36,000 pounds of food in just three hours.

This year, organizers have set an ambitious goal of 38,000 pounds of food.

"Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this year's 'Trick or Eat'," said Jordan Thompson, promotions and education co-ordinator with Meal Exchange's Guelph chapter. "The shelves at the Guelph Food Bank are becoming empty, making it difficult to help the more than 13,000 people who use the service."

Students can register individually or as a team by visiting

The campaign will kick off Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Centre with guest speakers, prizes for best costume, food and live bands. Students will also be able to register at this time if they haven't already.

The first group of participants will be bussed out at 5:45 p.m., and the second group will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Meal Exchange is a national student-run organization that aims to engage university students in solving the problem of hunger in their communities. U of G students have taken part in the "Trick or Eat" initiative since 2002.

For more information about Meal Exchange and "Trick or Eat," visit or

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