Trick or Treat for Canned Goods


Team Registration Form for Trick or Treat for Canned Goods 2019 

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods is a fun canned goods donation drive. Students, Faculty, and Staff form teams and the week before Halloween each team canvasses an assigned neighborhood armed with fliers, door hangers, and t-shirts identifying themselves and the project. Then during the Springfield-wide trick or treat times on Oct. 31, the teams return to their neighborhood to collect canned good rather than candy. All the food is brought back to a weigh-in party where volunteers gather to see how much they collected, learn from community members, and find out who collected the most food. All items are donated directly to the Central Illinois Foodbank.

In 2019, Trick or Treat for Canned Goods raised a combined total of over 16,000 lbs of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank. Thank you to every team captain and every team member who canvassed, and a big thank you to all the generous people of Springfield who continue to give during this event!

For details and to organize a group for 2020, please complete the Team Registration Form.


Trick or Treat for Canned Goods Grand Total Collection of 29,536 pounds

Thanks again to all those who participated in 2019, every can and box is important. Someone right here in Central Illinois was able to eat  and feed their family with the food that was collected.

Preferred donations:

  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta and Canned Pasta Sauce
  • Soups, Stews, and Chili
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • Diapers

Please do not donate:

  • Food in glass containers
  • Unlabeled products
  • Homemade items
  • Open or used items


Neighborhoods tentatively scheduled for canvassing in 2019

  • Lakepointe
  • Lincolnshire
  • Mill Creek
  • Laketown
  • Koke Mill
  • Country Club Estates
  • Westwood Forum
  • Piper Glen
  • Franklin Park