While some spent Halloween trick-or-treating for candy, 123 Maryville High School students were going door-to-door collecting food for the less fortunate.
The annual “Trick or Cans” project brought out students who went to 26 neighbors and walked away with donations of more than 6,000 cans of food for the Community Food Connection of Blount County.
Senior Sarah DeLozier, event co-chair, estimated that the students collected about 12,000 pounds of food from 26 neighborhoods. “We had seven more neighborhoods involved than last year, so that’s good. We set our goal, and then, on Monday, we dropped everything off at the Food Connection. They seemed a little overwhelmed, but that was a good thing,” Sarah said.
Other organizers for the annual event included senior Jeannie Shock, event co-chair, along with juniors Darcy Ayers and Clara Musick. DeLozier also thanked the project’s corporate sponsors. U.S. Food Service donated a truck to transport the canned goods, and they also donated snack foods for the students. Pet Supplies Plus sponsored the event, as did orthodontist Dr. Brent Collins and dentist Dr. Mark Crumpton.