By Caroline Gerdes | LSU Student
As children go door-to-door trick or treating for candy in Baton Rouge's Kenilworth subdivision dressed as princesses and superheroes, Louisiana State University students outfitted in the same attire will be seeking "treats" of canned goods.
The LSU chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), a pre-professional health honor society, will hold its 18th Annual Halloween Food Drive Monday in conjunction with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Halloween.
Prior to the event, society members leave instructional flyers and grocery bags on the doorsteps of Kenilworth's roughly 900 homes, according to John Lynn, associate chair of LSU Biological Studies and national AED president.
AED members in costume will trick or treat for canned goods to be returned in the bags they previously provided. About one-third of the homes contribute, Lynn said, which produces more than a ton of food.
Lynn said the Food Bank is low on foodstuffs this time of year. He warned the spirit of giving begins around Thanksgiving, but "by Easter [it's] burned out."
Lynn, a resident of the neighborhood for 28 years, says his home has become the "institute" for the event — neighbors even drop off canned food in advance. "The old timers, like us, know [about the food drive] ahead of time… [There are] people who expect it and contribute every year."
Colton Adkins, LSU pre-med senior and society vice president, noted that while college students trick or treat for food, most residents give them a treat anyway. The drive, he said, is an easy way for the community to give back and it is a benefit to the community.
"It reminds students that giving back to the community is part of being a human being," Lynn said. "Part of being a good physician is being able to relate [to others]."