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WVWC students to hold 19th annual Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods Oct. 30

BUCKHANNON – Fall has taken over this beautiful community as the leaves change colors and families prepare for the once a year holiday: Halloween. As easy as it is to buy candy, decorations and costumes for Halloween, it is not as easy to find affordable and healthy foods for many families in the Buckhannon community.

This time of year is a great time to celebrate the true meaning of community by not only celebrating Halloween, but contributing to those that cannot afford to put food on the table for their family. 

A resource available to the community is the Upshur Cooperative Parish House which gives the community a chance to take food that they need in order to support themselves and their families. Although the Parish House receives an abundance of donations during the holidays, the donations do not last very long, and the effects of COVID-19 have contributed to this increased need of donations.

In honor of supporting all friends and families in Buckhannon, the Parish House, West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Buckhannon community announce the 19th year of Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods.

One of the greatest aspects about this event is that you can help make this event flourish by donating a few nonperishable food items to Wesleyan student trick-or-treaters! These trick-or-treaters can be distinguished by them asking, “Would you like to donate nonperishable food items for the Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods event?”

There will be a handful of routes traveled by students, but if your house is missed or you are not home, your donations are always more than welcome at the Parish House (located on the corner of College Avenue and Sedgwick Street) during the week from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

“Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods is one of those annual fall traditions that is well-known among the Wesleyan and Buckhannon communities. This collaboration relies heavily on our good neighbors in the community surrounding the college, and the student volunteers going door to door are always left full of joy when families run to their pantries to collect donations. It’s such a wonderful way for the students to explore our community and create an avenue of giving to the Parish House,” said Jessica Vincent, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development.

Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 from 6-8 p.m., and WVWC students will be eager to receive your donations! Please show support to the community by having a few cans of nonperishable food items ready for the trick-or-treaters, and your support and donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information about the event, please contact Jessica Vincent at

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