Students in 100 Canadian communities say ‘Trick or Eat’ to fight hunger this Halloween
Toronto, Ontario- Oct. 25, 2016 - On October 31st, thousands of post-secondary students, youth and adults will be Trick-or- Eating. Instead of candy, these volunteers will be raising awareness, food and funds to fight hunger this Halloween. Trick or Eat is organized by Meal Exchange, a national charity that supports campuses and local communities to build strong and healthy communities through food.
“Trick or Eat means getting out of the university bubble and doing something good for the community. It means working with fellow students and being a part of a national event that is making an actual difference on a country-wide scale” says University of Western Ontario organizer Alex Prong.
With 4 million Canadians experiencing hunger and food banks struggling to meet demand, Trick or Eat seeks more than just food donations this year. The national Halloween food-drive encourages Canadians to raise their voice and make monetary donations at their doorstep in an effort to support long-term solutions needed for a country where every Canadian has access to healthy food.
On many university campuses, Trick or Eat is an opportunity to raise awareness about student food insecurity. “With rising tuition costs, especially in the case of international students, food and other basic needs are becoming more and more unattainable by our student community,” says UWaterloo Food Bank Coordinator, Chelsea Hillier who aims to raise 4000 pounds of food this Trick or Eat. Hillier notes that “Trick or Eat is a way to reach out to all members of our community and make them aware of this issue.”
Meal Exchange’s Executive Director, Anita Abraham, organized the first University of Guelph Trick or Eat campaign 15 years ago. “Trick or Eat is an entry point for students to get further involved in their local community and contribute to a national conversation about ending food insecurity,” says Abraham. Trick or Eat engaged 4,000 volunteers who raised $380,000 worth of food for 85 food agencies in 100 communities last year. This year, the Meal Exchange hopes to have even more engagement.
For more information about Trick or Eat and hunger in Canada, please visit www.trickoreat.ca.
About Meal Exchange
Meal Exchange is a national youth-driven, registered charity that engages, educates and mobilizes youth to work with their communities to alleviate hunger locally, achieve food security, and develop solutions that build just and sustainable food systems. For more information, visit www.mealexchange.com.
For further information or press inquiries, please contact:
Program Manager, Meal Exchange