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Gang of ghouls, fairies collects 2.3 tons of food for Price food bank

November 1st, 2011 Posted in Opinion

By Austin Ashcraft
Eagle staff writer

PRICE—Ghosts, goblins, vampires and all sorts of creatures ventured out into the cold Halloween night to collect food for the Carbon County Food Bank. In the process, the wandering monsters inadvertently 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. More than 100 volunteers, decked out in their favorite Halloween costumes, collected over 4,600 pounds 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 county-wide. Every donation helps, they said.

“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 Serving Utah Network (SUN) Center President Austin Ashcraft.

SUN Center’s Amanda Van Wagoner spearheaded the project.

“We collected over 4,600 pounds of food,” she said. “That is more food than we collected in each of the past three years.”

“It was great to see so many volunteers come out and support the Food Bank,” Van Wagoner added. “ I guess it’s proof that when a group of people come together, they really can make a difference.”


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