A group of students at the University of Illinois Springfield helped to collect over 11,000 pounds of food for the needy.
For many colleges, Halloween can be a night of binge drinking, reckless parties and destruction to public property. Mark Dochterman, Director of the University of Illinois Springfield Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, says students at his school are different. Over 200 students from various groups set out on Halloween night to gather food for the Central Illinois Foodbank.
“Sports teams, some of them are just groups of friends that live together, some of them are in a program together…they get assigned to a neighborhood and they canvas that neighborhood.”
Overall, the students gathered 11,147 pounds of food. The Leadership for Life Program collected the most food at 1,353 pounds. The original goal was 7,000. Dochterman hopes to break 15,000 or even more next year.