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About Trick or eat

Trick or Eat® is a youth-led national event that puts a new spin on the annual night of giving – Halloween. Instead of candy, thousands of Trick or Eaters across the country raise money online and go door to door to collect non-perishable food items for local food agencies. We also raise awareness about hunger in Canada through household flyers, educational materials and online resources.

We do this because hunger is on the rise in Canada. As of 2012, it was reported that 1.4 million Canadian households experience food insecurity, which amounts to nearly 1 in 8 households. That means that 4 million individuals, including 1.15 million children do not have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. This is a 15% increase from 2012 when 3.5 million Canadian were food insecure.
Food donations remain the primary response to address hunger. However, we can do more. This year, Trick or Eat will be launching a national conversation about how to end hunger in Canada. Trick or Eaters will be encouraging Canadians (both online and at the door) to answer one question: 
With hunger in Canada on the rise, what can Canadians do to end it? 
We will be facilitating the conversation over twitter and at and encourage everyone to lend their voice and join in!
This Halloween, help us achieve our vision of ending hunger in Canada by supporting Trick or Eat. It will be a ghoulishly good time for a Franken awesome cause! 
*FALL READING WEEK* - Does Halloween fall within your fall reading week? No problem! Contact us to discuss holding your event before October 31st! 
Check out our Organizer Guide and register your campaign by filling out our online form here. Last day to register is October 13th! 




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What’s New

  • #TrickOrEat Tweet Up: Wednesday, October 29, 2-3pm EST

    The Meal Exchange team and network has been feverishly tweeting all month using #TrickOrEat to "share the scare" about rising hunger in Canada and to raise voices about long-term solutions for food security. On Wednesday, we're hosting an inaugural #TrickOrEat Tweet Up!

    We're excited to be featuring renowned food activist and writer, Wayne Roberts; as well as Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security, and the mind behind Feeding 9 Billion and #foodcrisis, Evan Fraser as panelists.

  • Trick or Eat Spotlight: SFUO Food Bank

    Written by: Jared Davidson

    This year’s Trick or Eat is kicking off! All of the organizers are locked in and are already planning their part in what will undoubtedly be a wildly successful event. Every year on Halloween, Trick or Eat participants go door-to-door in their communities, collecting food and funds for local food agencies. But this year’s campaign hopes to add something to the tradition: a national discussion on hunger. In addition to collecting non-perishable foods, Trick or Eat participants will be collecting opinions, answers to one not-so-simple question: “With hunger in Canada on the rise, what can Canadians do to end it?”

  • Trick or Eat: Student Spotlight

    Trick or Eat is about much more than dressing up and collecting food. It’s about sharing, building community and discussing one of the most important issues in Canada. Trick or eat an opportunity to raise awareness about hunger in Canada. It’s a positive event to address short term and long term food security. Each campaign is different and reflects the goals, values and spirit of each community. Students are central to this work. Help students and community members from across the country meet their fundraising goals!