As darkness fell on October 31, non-perishable food items were collected throughout our city streets in support of the national hunger-awareness initiative, Trick or Eat.
Created by Meal Exchange as a youth-led, cross-Canada event, Trick or Eat puts a new spin on the annual night of giving – Halloween. Held on the scariest night of the year, thousands of Trick or Eaters throughout the country go door-to-door collecting food items for local community organizations, and funds to support students advocating for food for all.
The University of Waterloo is one of over 100 communities to participate in Trick or Eat, providing a fun and engaging way to showcase our strong student leadership and give back to our community. Organized by the Federation of Students again this year through its student-run service, the Feds Food Bank, a three-day food drive was hosted on campus to help collect donations prior to all hallows eve.
Volunteers from the University headed out for Trick or Eat at 4 p.m. on Halloween night, knocking on doors across Waterloo until 8 p.m., collecting a total of 2380 pounds of food for both the Feds Food Bank and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
“It’s always exciting for students and Feds to support this cause each year,” said Brendan Lowther, Services Manager for Feds. “Students, staff, and faculty are able to donate to the Feds Food Bank anytime during the year. Donation bins are available outside the Food Bank office in the SLC, as well as in the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries.”
One in eight Canadian households experience food insecurity, meaning they don’t have sufficient access to the food they need. By getting involved with Trick or Eat and partnering with the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, the Feds not only take part in a national day of action, but also provide young people with an opportunity to come together and actively make a difference on the issue of hunger on our campus and in our community.
More information about the Feds Food Bank is available on Feds.ca.