It’s almost Halloween and that means high school students from throughout the area will be converging on neighborhoods, knocking on doors and asking for canned food.
That’s right – food.
The annual Trick or Can food drive for Community Food Connection of Blount County is Oct. 31 and student organizers are busy preparing for the project.
Maryville High School seniors Sarah DeLozier and Jennie Shock co-chair the organizing committee and earlier this week DeLozier said she and Shock, along with juniors Darcy Ayers and Clara Musick, finished handing out informational fliers to students.
“I was looking at numbers last night and we have seven more neighborhoods than last year and there’s a dorm at Maryville College we have a connection with whose residents are having a competition between floors to see who can raise the most cans,” DeLozier said. “There also are a few other organizations that are collecting cans and so we hope to have a huge turnout of food this year.”
DeLozier said they usually start planning about mid-September.
“What we do is we make an announcement at school and students who are interested in helping ask us for an information sheet they fill out and then we hand them fliers that they go and put in the newspaper boxes around the neighborhoods,” she said. “We base out of New Providence Presbyterian Church.”
DeLozier said that in 2009 the students raised more than 10,000 pounds of food for Community Food Connection. “This year I’m hoping we can get up to 12,000 pounds,” she said.
DeLozier said about 95 students have signed up to help.
“I just think it’s a great service,” she said. “It is an amazing way to spend your time and it’s not that time consuming. To me it’s totally worth it. You get teens to come together and do something good for the community.”
The students will be collecting in neighborhoods throughout the area from 4:30 to about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cans are then taken to New Providence Presbyterian Church where they are collected, counted and taken to Community Food Connection.
For more information on Trick or Cans 2010, call 256-5403.