Students to collect food donations on Halloween

Posted October 13, 2014

ACU’s Service Action Leadership Team (SALT) will conduct its annual Trick or Feed event on Halloween night. The event will benefit Groceries to Go, a Meals on Wheels Plus program that delivers a grocery bag of non-perishable food items to clients every month. 

The Trick or Feed process works by having volunteers leave grocery bags with flyers asking for specific non-perishable items on the doors of Abilene homes a week before Halloween. On Halloween night, volunteers return to homes and pick up food donations, which are then delivered to Meals on Wheels. 

SALT, a student-led community service organization with roughly 90 active members and six ministry teams, regularly serves in the Abilene community and organizes special events around both ACU’s campus and Abilene. This year, the team plans to partner with Residence Life to involve the ACU community in Trick or Feed. 

"We're anticipating huge participation from ACU students in Trick or Feed this year and I couldn't be more excited,” says Rachel Ritchie, administrator of SALT and senior biology major from Abilene. “Trick or Feed is a truly unique opportunity for the student body to get out and involved in the Abilene community, while loving and feeding our hungry neighbors." 

In September 2012, Meals on Wheels' federal funding for Groceries to Go was drastically reduced, and the program experienced a shortage of food. Meals on Wheels then approached Ritchie with an idea for a Halloween food drive, and the following month, 13 volunteers raised 550 pounds of food. 

Since its first run, the program has drastically expanded. Last year, 150 volunteers raised 8,200 pounds of food that sustained the Groceries on Wheels program for over four months. This year, the team is anticipating more than twice the participation last year. 

Grocery bags for Trick or Feed will be distributed Oct. 23-26, and donations will be collected Oct. 31.


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