SUN Center volunteers collect more than two tons of food on Halloween
On Halloween night, ghosts, goblins, vampires, and all sorts of creatures ventured out into the cold for three hours to collect much needed food for the Carbon County Food Bank and set a record for the most food collected since the project began several years ago.
Volunteers gathered at the LDS Institute Building and the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the USU Eastern campus and were assigned a route to go trick or treating for food in the Carbon County area.Â Over 100 volunteers, decked out in their favorite Halloween costumes, collected more than two tons of food.
The Carbon County Food Bank employees were grateful for the help, especially at this time of year when there are many needy families in the Carbon County area. The employees agree that every little bit helps.Â "With more than 246,000 people living in poverty in Utah, the impact of projects like this is far reaching and powerful," said USU Eastern's SUN Center President Austin Ashcraft.
"We collected over 4,600 pounds of food. That is more food than we collected in each of the past three years," said SUN Center Leader Amanda Van Wagoner, who spearheaded the project. "It was great to see so many volunteers come out and support the Food Bank. I guess it's proof that when a group of people come together, they really can make a difference."