Enactus St. Lawrence College (SLC) students and Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) students will be participating in the 27th annual food drive event called Halloween Harvest. Students, along with other community groups, will be trick-or-treating across Kingston for the Partners in Mission Food Bank on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
Enactus SLC’s Sam Day participated last year, and is one of the co-leads this year. “Halloween Harvest is a fun, meaningful way for a student to give back to the community. The efforts taken on this night affect thousands of students and Kingstonians every year,” Sam said. “It was also a valuable experience to work with Steve Tripp, the long -time coordinator from the Urban Coalition.”
Flyers will be distributed prior to Halloween in neighbourhoods to be canvassed. Once canvassing is complete, sorting will take place at the Bayridge Alliance Church on Gardiners Road. The food goes into boxes and right into the food bank truck.
Halloween Harvest offers four options for collection:
1. In person at your home;
2. If you will not be home, or don’t want to be bothered, you can attach a flier to a bag/box and we can pick it up on the 31st;
3. If we are unable to reach you at home, food can be dropped off at the Partners in Mission Food Bank at 140 Hickson Avenue, or bin at your local grocer;
4. If making a cash donation, a cheque to Partners In Mission Food Bank would be preferred, (must be over $20 for a receipt.)
“We are always extremely grateful to Steve Tripp and his Halloween Harvest team. This will be the 27th time they have done this door-to-door campaign on our behalf, and they always collect a significant amount of food and cash. It is a very important event for us and with demand for our service on the rise, will go a long way in helping us serve low-income families in our community,” said Sandy Singers, Executive Director, Partners in Mission Food Bank
Last year, the community collected 5651lbs. of non-perishables and $2274 for the Partners in Mission Food Bank. Halloween Harvest is supported by the Urban Coalition which consist of members of Bath Road Baptist, Bayridge Alliance, Bethel AGC,Baypark Baptist, Next Church, & St. James’ Anglican.
About Enactus SLC: We are a community of student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. We engage students in a learning environment, where they are challenged to prove their potential through the application of business practices in the service of the community. Our mission is to reduce poverty by creating comprehensive solutions to issues within our greater community, such as food security, financial literacy and environmental impact.
Community Engagement Advisor – Enactus SLC
613-544-5400 x 1512