Mount Union Students to Collect Canned Goods

October 20, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Throughout the rest of this week, University of Mount Union students will be canvassing the streets of Alliance in preparation for the annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods event. 

Multiple teams are participating in this year’s event, representing a range of student organizations and interests. Each team is assigned a section of town that they will be responsible for. The teams will distribute door hangers to residents on their routes throughout this week. 

On the evening of Thursday, October 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., the teams will return to those same locations to collect donations of food for the Alliance Community Pantry. 

“Thousands of pounds of food donations have been generated by this event since 2009,” shared event coordinator Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. “The Regula Center is pleased to see more students involved each year and the pantry appreciates the variety food drives like this add to their shelves.”

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods typically utilizes 60-70 student volunteers and brings in 2,000-3,000 pounds of food. Many students participate in the event every year. Rachel Gardner, a senior from Kent, Ohio, is one of those returning volunteers. 

“I find this to be a great way to volunteer with my friends. The time commitment for each of us is small but knowing that collectively we are making an impact on those who need assistance is something I find encouraging,” she said. “Giving back to the community is important to me and this is an easy way for students to do just that.”

The Alliance Community Pantry provides food to more than 2,500 families annually with the majority of clients visiting the pantry less than the allowed number of visits. The pantry, which has no paid employees, relies on monetary donations as well as contributions of food to continue serving those in the Alliance area. 

The pantry is consistently in need of canned meats, peanut butter and other non-perishable forms of protein. They can accept any non-perishable donations through the Trick or Treat for Canned Goods event. 

Residents of Alliance are encouraged to leave donations near their front door with the door hanger given to them if they are not going to be home during the collection time. 

Anyone in need of more information about Trick or Treat for Canned Goods or the Alliance Community Pantry should contact Honaker via call or text at (330) 204-4663 or by email at honakeal@mountunion.edu.

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