Students Collect 2,000 Pounds of Food

November 01, 2013

Although Trick or Treat in Alliance was rescheduled for Friday, University of Mount Union students spent Thursday evening collecting more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Alliance Community Pantry.

Members of Alpha Phi Omega, the Black Student Union, Delta Sigma Tau sorority, Gamma Beta Phi honor society, Kappa Phi women's Christian organization, Sophomore Service Honorary and the swim team along with other students returned to routes around town collecting food. Students had delivered postcards about the event to their routes last week informing residents of the upcoming collection.

Delta Sigma Tau sorority collected the largest amount of canned goods, totaling more than 600 pounds for their team alone. The overall total for the 2013 event was 2,070 pounds of food with more expected to come in over the next few days.

Due to weather and the change in the city's trick-or-treat some teams plan to return to homes on Friday. Anyone who wishes to donate and hasn’t been visited by students before Monday is asked to call Abby Honaker at (330) 829-8168, text (330) 204-4663 or email to have cans collected next week. Honaker will be available to pick up food on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 5.  

Pantry volunteers Mike Patterson and Vicky Dugan dedicated their night to be at the pantry as students returned with canned goods.  

Since 2008, this event has collected a total of more than 18,000 pounds of food and involved at least 50 volunteers annually. Currently sponsored by the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union, Trick-or-Treat for canned goods is one of Mount Union's top service projects hosted annually.  

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