Guelph residents may have trick or treaters requesting food bank donations rather than candy on Halloween night. Hundreds of University of Guelph students will take part in the annual Trick or Eat event Oct. 31.

The youth-led initiative involves students from universities across Canada dressing up and venturing out to collect food for local community organizations.

“It’s a great way for U of G students to make a connection with the Guelph community,” said Jacquie Bull, education and promotions coordinator for the Meal Exchange chapter of the Central Student Association (CSA). “It’s also a great way for young people to come together and make a difference when it comes to hunger on their campuses and in their communities.”

U of G students will collect donations for the Guelph Food Bank and the CSA Student Food Bank. U of G students have set national records for Trick or Eat, raising more than 44,000 pounds of food worth an equivalent of more than $100,000 in a single evening.

The event is open to high school students. Visit the CSA’s Meal Exchange – Guelph page on Facebook for more information. To register, visit

Gather in the University Centre (UC) courtyard at 4:30 p.m.

  • CFRU will DJ and broadcast the event live
  • Costume prizes and snacks will be available

School buses leave at 5:30 p.m.

  • You will go to a local neighbourhood drop-off location
  • You will receive grocery carts for collecting food donations
  • Your team will walk door to door on a collection route
  • You will return the cart (full of food!) to your drop-off spot

School buses return to the UC at 8:15 p.m.