Thursday, October 23, 2014

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

University of Illinois Springfield students will be going door-to-door on Halloween night collecting canned goods for the Central Illinois Foodbank.

A total of 14 teams, consisting of nearly 200 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.

The goal is to collect more than 10,000 pounds of food. Collected items will be returned to campus and weighed following the drive. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that collect the most food.

The Central Illinois Foodbank distributes over 8.5 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

The UIS students will be collecting the canned goods between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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