Sustainability News from your Student Union
By: Charlotte McEwen, LUSU Sustainability Coordinator
The Lakehead University Student Union Food Bank team would like to extend their sincere gratitude to student volunteers and members of the community who made the Trick or Eat food drive a huge success.
Trick or Eat is an annual fundraiser and food drive coordinated by Meal Exchange, a national non-profit organization that works to reduce food insecurity and to transform food on campus. It was Meal Exchange’s Hunger Report that determined Lakehead University to be the most food insecure campus in Canada last year (Meal Exchange Hunger Report, 2016). Beginning soon, Meal Exchange will be partnering with Lakehead stakeholders to address food insecurity on campus in a multi-year funded project.
This year’s Trick or Eat event at Lakehead involved more than 130 volunteers who helped collect, sort, and store the thousands of donations received on Halloween night. After a costume contest and dinner, outreach teams went out to Thunder Bay communities and gathered donations, which were then brought back to Lakehead to be sorted and stored in the LUSU Food Bank. By the end of the night, more than 4,000 food items were received, and the food bank’s shelves were filled.
This event was made possible by the enthusiastic and dedicated student leaders who came to help on Halloween night and by all the generous community members who donated food from their pantries. With the help from all of these individuals, the LUSU Food Bank will be able to continue to provide food to hundreds of students every month and work towards ending food insecurity on campus.
Special thanks go out to all of the professors and student leaders who helped us spread the word about Trick or Eat, including, but not limited to: Vikki Schembri of CILU Radio Soapbox Beats, the Lakehead University Outreach Club, the Student Success Centre, and many other LUSU clubs and associations.
Special thanks also to: the Lakehead University Alumni Bookstore for their donation of Lakehead tote bags that were used to collect donations, Topper’s Pizza and Mr. Sub for costume contest prizes as well as discounted pizza and sub sandwiches to feed our volunteers, Lakehead University Conference Services for donating the coordination fees, and the Outpost for organizing a donation drive on Halloween night.
The collaborative effort among donors, volunteers, student leaders, professors and community members ensured that this year’s Trick or Eat fundraiser was a success.