Monday, November 4, 2013

UIS students collect more than 11,000 pounds of food

More than 200 University of Illinois Springfield students helped to collect 11,147 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank on Halloween night.

A total of 18 teams of students went door-to-door in several Springfield neighborhoods trick-or-treating for canned goods.

“Last year, we collected 6,800 pounds of food,” said Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center. “Despite rainy weather and thanks to the generosity of the Springfield community, this year our dedicated students were able to collect almost twice that amount.”

Earlier in October, the teams canvassed neighborhoods and distributed door hangers that explained the project.

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on November 1, 2013.

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