Canned food is piled high in the Knowles-Douglas mingling area on the Brandon University campus following the 2010 Halloween drive to feed the school’s food bank.
Instead of asking for candy this Halloween, Assiniboine Community College and Brandon University students are hoping to score donations for their respective food banks.
Students from each post-secondary institution will be going door-to-door Oct. 31 in hopes of adding to their school’s food bank inventory.
"During the summer we don’t have that many students, so we don’t get a lot of food bank donations either, but when school starts people start using the food bank and then we start running low on things," said Jenna Clinton, Brandon University Students’ Union vice-president external. "Right around this time of year is a really good time to build it back up for use for the rest of the year."
Last year, BU and ACC students went trick-or-treating for non-perishable food items for almost four hours on Halloween night. The food drive is also a way of bringing students together for a good cause, Clinton said.
"It gets the clubs interacting with one another," she said. "It gets more students involved in the campus."
Like years past, the schools will be having a friendly competition to see which student executive council can bring in the most food. Last year, ACC came out on top. The Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association brought in 495 pounds, while BUSU collected around 200 pounds of food.
"It’s a fun competition for a good cause," said ACCSA president Andrew Humphreys. "Whoever brings in the most weight of food, that school has just that much more food to give out to there students."
This year ACC students will be taking over the east side of 18th Street and BU will have the west side, Humphreys said.
"We put everyone into groups and then we divide up our half of Brandon into five or six or seven sections," he said. "Then we meet back at another central location to drop stuff off."
On top of food donations, BUSU and ACCSA also use monetary donations to buy margarine, milk, meat and eggs for their food banks.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 15, 2013