BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If you live in the neighborhoods around the
University at Buffalo's North Campus, you may be hearing shouts of
"Trick or Eat" this Halloween. But these are not your typical
trick-or-treaters looking for candy. Underneath the costume will be
a UB student asking for a donation of non-perishable food.
The UB students will be going door-to-door from 4:30-7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 31, to collect food for the Food Bank of Western New
York. Last year, UB donated 3,000 pounds of food to help Buffalo
families who struggle to put food on the table. This year, 125
student volunteers hope to collect 5,000 pounds of food to be
distributed to local food pantries with the greatest need.
"Trick or Eat is a fun way for young people to get involved in
an issue that is sometimes ignored in today's go-go world," says
Terri Budek, community engagement coordinator in UB's Center for
Student Leadership and Community Engagement. "While students
canvass neighborhoods this Halloween, they will also be raising
awareness about the reality that hunger exists in their own
All the food collected on Oct. 31 will go to the Food Bank of
Western New York and from there, be distributed to community food
pantries. In addition to the support from the Food Bank, TOPS
Friendly Markets on Maple Road contributed 1,500 bags that, along
with flyers, have been delivered to houses in the neighborhood in
advance to help neighbors gather donations and be ready for when UB
students arrive on Halloween night.
The Amherst neighborhood is one of 55 communities -- and only
one of two communities in the U.S. -- participating in Trick or
Eat, a program started in 1993 by the nonprofit group Meal Exchange
Donation bins also have been placed around the UB Student Union
so that students, faculty, and staff can contribute.