Trick or Eat is a day of action that offers students the opportunity to come together and actively make a difference on our campus and in our community. The annual food drive is designed to help combat food insecurity, with items collected being donated to both Community Care and Brock’s food bank.
The movement takes place on a national level, as students from all over Canada will be travelling door-to-door in their neighborhoods to collect canned foods or non-perishable goods leading up to and including Halloween night.
The Brock community has once again joined in the efforts this year. With one canvasing session already under their belt and another to go on October 31, participants will strive to reach a total of 2,000 pounds of food collected.
Food insecurity hits an annual peak between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some local families and even students face heightened financial difficulties at this time.
For Brock students experiencing food insecurity, there are a number of supports available. The Food First program is a confidential resource provided by the Brock University Students’ Union that allows students to access non-perishable food, hygiene products and even grocery vouchers as necessary. To maintain confidentiality, students accessing this resource can pick up their food packages at General Brock with their student card, or utilize the locker drop-off system in Welch Hall in which they will receive the combination to a locker containing their package.
Trick or Eat not only provides an opportunity for students to assist in keeping food banks stocked during this particularly difficult time of year, but also helps to combat the stigma around utilizing such supports. The 2011-2012 Canadian Community Health Survey found that approximately 1,098,900 households in Canada were food insecure. These households were uncertain of the ability to obtain meals at varying frequencies. Roughly 338,300 households were severely food insecure. This means they faced significant eating disruptions and decreased food intake. Almost 10 per cent of Niagara households are food insecure, according to Niagara Region public health data. About 25 per cent of these households do not have anywhere to go to obtain necessary food.
In normalizing the use of food banks and making access to food a relevant issue to Brock students, the initiative aims to reduce the number of households who are food insecure.
If you’d like to participate in the food collection on Oct. 31, you can register at experiencebu.brocku.ca. Costumes are encouraged.