Guest Post: Meal Exchange’s Trick or Eat
Modo Ambassador Susan Kim, Co-Lead on Food Sovereignty at Meal Exchange, shares her special Halloween “Trick or Eat” trip with us. Meal Exchange is a national charity whose projects and campaigns pursue increasing food security and access to healthy, sustainable food. Whether through a national food drive, food security workshops, or community kitchens and gardens Meal Exchange’s programs provide youth with job and volunteer opportunities to improve their food systems.
What is Trick or Eat?
Trick or Eat is food security spin on Halloween! Volunteers will organize their own local Trick or Eat campaigns, connecting and collecting items for local food agencies, fundraising for other students working towards zero hunger, and advocating for long-term solutions. This year saw six international campaigns, and several campaigns across Canada, including one in Victoria that I had the great fortune to be involved with.
What did it look like this year?
This year, my Meal Exchange colleagues and I used the aptly-coloured orange Modo Toyota Prius to drive around and pick up food collected by Trick or Eaters on their routes. We would get calls from costumed volunteers whose bags got too laden with collected goods, then we’d zip right over and free them up to continue trick or eating. The Victoria event was organized by the University of Victoria’s Circle K student group, who successfully rounded up over 75 student volunteers. Collectively, we raised $85 for the student food bank, and collected 1,175 lbs of food for Victoria’s Mustard Seed. – Susan Kim.