Trick or treat for the Food Bank

By Emily Senger

The Campus Food Bank is holding an event for those who never really outgrew the excitement of Halloween’ night.

The ninth annual Trick-or-Treat for the Campus Food Bank takes place on Sun., Oct. 31, with a unique twist. This year’s event sees the University of Calgary competing with the University of Alberta to see who can collect the most pounds of food.

“This is the first year it’s been a competition,” explained Students’ Union Vice-President External Mike Bosch.

The event is one of three major drives for the food bank throughout the year. Last year the Halloween’ Drive raised approximately 2,000 pounds of food and saw 100 student participants.

These are numbers the SU would like to improve upon this year.

“Having this event as a competition is a good way to motivate people on both sides,” said Bosch.

Bosch explained that the Halloween’ food drive is a way for university students to embrace their inner-child, the side of them that never wants to give up trick-or-treating.

“We’re too old to trick-or-treat but we still love it,” said Bosch. “Not only will the food drive be a good cause, you hit home with everyone; you never want to stop trick or treating.”

Anyone interested in participating in the event can sign up and obtain instructions, maps and nametags outside of the Volunteer Services offices MacEwan Student Centre room 225 on Thu., Oct. 29 from 3-5 p.m., or Fri., Oct. 30 from 2-4 p.m.

The event runs on Halloween night from 5-7 p.m. with prizes awarded for best costume, and hot chocolate and doughnuts provided to all volunteers.

“You can register with a group if you’re on your own,” explained Bosch. “It could be a good way to meet some new people.”

In a climate of ever-rising tuition, Bosch noted the need for food donations is a priority, especially for students with children.

“Last year we provided 250 hampers to feed 619 people, 251 of them children,” said Bosch. “Most of our clients are families–mature students with children.”

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