Three Ways You Can Support the Campus Food Bank This October

By Cory Hodgson, Madi Corry, & Madison McGinn

By Cory Hodgson, Madi Corry, & Madison McGinn

Image for PostTrick or TrEAT (photo: Johnny Oum)

October isn't just the month when kids stock up on candy for the year - it's also when we stock the shelves of the Campus Food Bank. Trick or TrEAT, our annual Halloween food drive, brings in about 20% of the food that we distribute in a year. The event is always key to supplying our food services throughout the school year ahead.

This year, that's particularly true. Last month we saw a 40% increase in usage at the Campus Food Bank over September 2018, and helped twice as many clients as usual. If this pace continues, we could expect to serve as many as 3,500 people in the coming year.

So as you prepare costumes, carve pumpkins, or get ready to greet kids at the door, we're asking for your support. There are three ways readers can help this October:

1) Volunteer

Trick or TrEAT takes place on Saturday, October 26. We're looking for volunteers for door-to-door food collections, driving and drop-offs, and distributing flyers before the event.

This Halloween food drive is family friendly - costumes are encouraged! Volunteer as an individual or in teams. It's a great chance for kids to sneak in another day of trick or treating, and for adults to get out period - all the while helping us stock the pantry.

You can register here.

Image for PostTrick or TrEAT (photo: Madi Corry)

2) Donate food

Windsor, Belgravia, McKernan, Queen Alexandra and Garneau residents can give their food donations to our door-to-door volunteers on October 26, or leave donations out for volunteers to collect.

Anyone can drop off donations at our office in SUB on North Campus, or at any of our alumni businesses partner locations.

Our most needed items:

  • Canned Meats (eg. tuna)
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beans (without sauce)
  • Cereal
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rolled Oats (instant oats)

3) Donate Money

We also accept monetary donations both online and at our office in SUB on North Campus. These donations are particularly valuable since they allow us to flexibly purchase the most-needed items at any given time.

AuthorsAuthors

Cory Hodgson - Executive Director, Campus Food Bank
Madi Corry - Programs Manager, Campus Food Bank
Madison McGinn - Events Coordinator, Campus Food Bank