Meal Exchange

Meal Exchange

October 10, 2006 14:13 ET

Youth Scare Up Donations During Trick or Eat Halloween Food Drive

Thousands of youth from across the country use Hallowe’en to scare up food donations and raise awareness of hunger in Canada.

Attention: City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 10, 2006) - Over 3500 students from 37 communities across Canada will participate in Meal Exchange's Trick or Eat campaign to collect non-perishable food items and raise awareness of hunger in their communities.

As Meal Exchange's most successful programme, Trick or Eat uses the one night of the year when households expect a knock on their door in order to distribute free and edible items to all who ask. Costumed youth canvass their neighbourhoods on Hallowe'en collecting food for local social service agencies while raising awareness of the 2.4 million Canadians who suffer from hunger.

Trick or Eat 2005 was Meal Exchange's best year yet and involved over 3500 students from across the nation, raising $243,054 worth of food or 97,222 meals for Canadians in need. This year the goal is to raise 120,000 meals nationally, as well as $25,000 in monetary donations through our online fundraising campaign.

"Trick or Eat continues to increase its impact in communities across Canada! I'm certain that 2006 will see more youth volunteering, more food donations collected, and increased awareness of local hunger. Trick or Eat is a phenomenal way for students and the community to work together to address hunger - three hours and a costume is all that is required to make a huge difference," says Dave Kranenburg, Executive Director.

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About Meal Exchange:
Meal Exchange is a national student-founded, student-driven, registered charity that helps young Canadians realize their potential to improve the future of their communities, by providing them with meaningful opportunities to reduce local hunger today. Meal Exchange offers students in a national network of 40 universities and colleges, three fun, simple and creative programmes including Trick or Eat, Skip-A-Meal and Clear the Shelves!

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For more information on Trick or Eat, please contact:
Amanda Ono, Development and Communications Director - Meal Exchange
416-657-4489 ext. 3
Charitable Registration: 88278 6148 RR0001

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Contact Information

  • Amanda Ono, Development and Communications Director, Meal Exchange
    Primary Phone: 416-657-4489 ext. 3