Thursday, October 24, 2013

UIS students Trick or Treat for Canned Goods to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield students will be going door-to-door on Halloween night collecting canned goods for the Central Illinois Foodbank. The goal is to collect more than 7,000 pounds of food.

WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Various Springfield neighborhoods (call for specific details)

DETAILS: A total of 18 teams, consisting of nearly 230 students, have registered for the annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods drive. The teams have been assigned specific neighborhoods to collect non-perishable food items.

Earlier this month, the teams canvassed the neighborhoods and distributed door hangers that explained the project. Collected items will be returned and weighed at Quaker Steak and Lube following the drive. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that collect the most food during a post-collection party at the restaurant.

The Central Illinois Foodbank distributes over 9.5 million pounds of food annually to over 150 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21 county region.

For more information on Trick or Treat for Canned Goods, contact Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, at 225/921-9398, or go to

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