Thursday, October 27, 2011

Costumes for Cans

Join SWIFT (Stop Wasting Ithaca's Food Today) for trick-or-treating on Halloween - but not for candy! Dress up in your spookiest costume (family-friendly costumes encouraged, but not required) and help go door-to-door to collect cans and boxes of non-perishable foods for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Where: All over Ithaca (meet at Textor Circle)
When: Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31), 4-7pm

To participate, sign up here for a route. Encourage your friends to help, too - the more, the merrier! Before departing for the different routes, the group will meet at the Textor Circle to confirm routes and get some last minute information.

Some FAQs about SWIFT:

Who are we?
SWIFT is a non-profit, student-run organization that aims to combine social responsibility and sustainability.

What do we do?
We salvage food from Towers Dining Hall and special catered events on campus. It is packaged into meal-sized portions and delivered to food pantries and help centers throughout Tompkins County.

How much food do we save?
SWIFT averages 35 meals per week, plus salads and leftover items from Grab-and-Go. Special event packaging greatly varies.

When do we package?
Every Friday! We meet outside at the Towers loading dock (near the TCAT bus stop) at 4:00 PM. New members are always welcome :)

How can I help?
We can always use more packagers and we will be looking for new E-Board members very soon. We’re always willing to take on new ideas and strategies, so send your thoughts to and get involved!

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