This Halloween night, there may be some bigger kids coming to your door. But don’t turn them away — they aren’t your typical trick-or-treaters.
It’s the annual Halloween food drive for both Brandon University Students’ Union and Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association.
“We divide the city in half,” said BUSU president Carissa Taylor. “(ACC) takes the east side of Brandon, east of 18th Street, and we take the west side, west of 18th.”
It’s a friendly competition between the schools, to see who can gather more for their school’s food bank.
“Everything that we collect goes to our student union food bank and that’s the way that we supply the food bank for the entire year,” Taylor said.
Both executive councils, along with student teams and volunteers will be going door-to-door among the little goblins and ghouls, to collect non-perishable food items.
The ACC Students’ Association emergency food bank is now housed at the Samaritan House, due to lack of space and manpower at the Brandon office.
According to ACCSA president Christopher Nicholson, students who need to use the food bank can come to the students’ association office to apply for it.
“What we can do is then … send them down there to pick it up at the Samaritan House, or we can bring an order of that food to the office and they can pick it up later,” Nicholson said.
Both BU and ACC’s food banks are used frequently by students throughout the year.
“I would say we have about 10 to 15 students or families per week who use our food bank, so it is used quite often,” Taylor said.
Nicholson said this is ACC’s major food drive for the year.
“We don’t want to have any starving students by any means,” he said. “We do get a fair amount of students that do use this service, and that’s why we do it every year — because we believe it is very important.”
Last year’s Halloween drive brought in just over 6,000 pounds of food for BUSU’s food bank, while ACCSA raised more than 2,500 pounds.
Unfortunately, much of BU’s food donations — roughly $30,000 worth — were ruined when a blaze was started by an arsonist on the second floor of the Knowles-Douglas Student Union Building last November. While it was a setback, the campus united together to replenish the shelves of the food bank.
ACC and BU students will be going door-to-door tonight from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and soup are some examples of non-perishable food items the students hope to collect.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 31, 2012