Students Collect Nearly 4,600 Pounds of Food from Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods
November 06, 2017
ALLIANCE - Approximately one hundred students from the University of Mount Union spent Halloween night collecting canned goods from community members during the annual Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods event.
Each year, the event grows with more and more food being collected for the Alliance Community Food Pantry. This year, 4,595 pounds of food were collected by the students with more donations being dropped off throughout the rest of the week. The amount of food collected by the students will make nearly 4,000 meals for local families.
“This is just one example of the amazing support the pantry gets from Mount Union students,” said Mike Patterson, vice president of the Alliance Food Pantry board.
Campus organizations and clubs, such as the sororities, fraternities and nursing association, took part in the community service event with 15 teams in total signed up to take part.
Each team had to register for the event through the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. Once registered, the teams took door hangers around Alliance to alert the community member of when the collection would take place. Community members would then leave canned goods outside for the students to collect at the same time local children were out trick-or-treating.
Each team made their way back to the food pantry after collecting the canned goods from their assigned streets. The food was weighed and piled into large bins for the pantry volunteers to sort through and stock the shelves with.
“The Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods 2017 event turned out great,” said Abby Honaker Schroeder, director of the Regula Center. “We had more teams than ever with 15 teams participating. Having that many teams participating, we were able to bring in 4,595 pounds of food, which is incredible for one night of volunteering.”
The pantry accepts food donations as well as monetary donations at all times throughout the year. Donations can be dropped off at the pantry anytime they are open.