News Release

Published on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Western Technical College students will be dressing up and going door-to-door this Halloween, but not in search of the typical sweet treats. For the fourth year, student volunteers will be looking to collect non-perishable food items for a local food pantry as part of the national “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” community service program.

The initiative is being sponsored by Western’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college. An important part of the Society’s mission is to provide opportunities for community service.

“The students have connected with Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat because it allows them to come together and really make a difference in the community,” said Linda Duffy, faculty advisor for Western’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. “It's a fun event, but also one that benefits area food shelves at a time when supplies are low. The goal is to collect 2,000 food items for the Hunger Task Force.”

In addition to a week-long, on-campus food drive, students will visit neighborhoods in La Crosse and Onalaska between 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 collecting canned and dry food items or cash donations.

Community members can also drop-off food donations at Western’s La Crosse campus on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7-9:00 a.m. and from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The "drive-thru" drop spot is located near the college's Welcome Center, 400 7th St. N. Signs will be posted to direct donors to the right area.

For more information on the project, contact Duffy at or 608.789.4792. For details on the national Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat program, visit