Trick or treat food drive continues until Halloween

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The Catholic Student Association is sponsoring “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat,” a food drive that will culminate on Halloween with members in costume collecting donations from decorated boxes in campus buildings.

Campus minister Joseph Liedecke of the Catholic Student Center said the center has placed collection boxes decorated with a Halloween theme at various locations on campus.

Boxes are in Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building, the early childhood studies building, the American Sign Language and interpreter training department in Room 118 of Nail Technical Center,  the president’s suite in Room 323 of Fletcher Administration Center and the media communications department in The Ranger newsroom in Room 212 of Loftin Student Center.

“Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat” has been going on since 2006 and is a part of Catholic social teaching, which has seven themes, he said.

He said this project is related to life and dignity of the human person and option for the poor and vulnerable.

At 12:15 p.m. Oct. 31, members of the association will don Halloween costumes and retrieve the boxes.

They will take the donations to the food pantry operated by the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

The food pantry at 602 W. French is open from noon-3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Richard Arredondo, coordinator of communication design, said the food drive “will fulfill the mission of the Gospel to feed the needy.”

Arredondo said clubs at this campus had initiatives this semester to increase charity work.

He said faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bring food to support the food drive with nonperishable goods, including canned food, pasta, beans, rice and cereal.

Arredondo said it was important to bring a donation for something that will last a long time.

For information about the Catholic Student Center, call Liedecke at 210-736-9306 or visit or

For information on the food pantry, call 210-486-0431.


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