Devan C. Tasa, Omega Contributor Ω
The TRU branch of the Kappa Sigma fraternity wants students to start trick-or-treating again. But this time, they want students to gather food for the poor instead of candy for themselves.
“Trick or Eat is an annual philanthropy event, where we go on the evening of Halloween and we request food from the community,” said Jordan Phelps, Grandmaster of the Omicron Theta chapter of Kappa Sigma.
On Halloween night, after meeting at the Thompson Hotel in downtown Kamloops at 4:00 p.m., teams of participants will go door-to-door, asking for non-perishable food items.
Clubs and other groups on campus are organizing many of the teams.
“We’re setting up a team,” said Kevin Pankewich, an executive member of the TRU Socialist Club. “We’re going to go door-to-door, asking for non-perishable food donations.”
But being a part of a club isn’t a requirement to get involved.
“You don’t have to be an member of a club to participate,” said Phelps.
“You can make up your own team name and [bring] your own group of friends and you can come out and participate as [a] team.”
Participants will also get prizes. Some of the prize categories for teams will include best costumes, largest number of food collections, and most efficient at collecting food.
The food gathered will be donated to the Kamloops Food Bank, with a portion going to the TRUSU Food Bank on campus.
The TRUSU is enthusiastic about the effect that Trick or Eat will have on their food bank.
“It’s great,” said Nathan Lane, TRUSU executive director. “[It] allows us to tide us over until the end of the second semester, so it has a pretty big effect.”
The exact number of students using the food bank on campus is unknown, but hundreds of food packages are given away every year, said Lane.
Kappa Sigma Omicron-Theta is aiming to get over $30,000 worth of food and monetary donations with this year’s Trick or Eat.
“Last year we got $16,100 and change worth of food [and donations],” said David Lauzon, the Grand Procurator of Kappa Sigma Omicron-Theta.
“It’s a lofty goal, but I think we can do it.”
Service is one of Kappa Sigma Omicron-Theta’s four guiding pillars, and organizing Trick or Eat is one way to fulfill that mandate.
“We like to help out in our community and our campus in any way possible,” said Phelps.
The participants also have their reasons for being involved.
“[The Socialist Club advocates] for the poor. This is a good chance for us to get out there and do that,” said Pankewich.
“I think that it is a shame that capitalism doesn’t feed all of its citizens.”
Participating in Trick or Eat has an effect, said both Kappa Sigma Omicron-Theta executive members.
“All that money – $16,100 and change – that was 4 hours of work,” said Lauzon.
“I mean 4 hours on Halloween night, you can still have a really good time (afterward).
Those that are interested in participating can sign up at www.trickoreat.ca or contact Kappa Sigma Omicron-Theta at firstname.lastname@example.org.