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In the News: Illinois College Sets Plans to Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods


All Illinois College athletic programs will get involved on October 30 and 31 as representatives of the Blueboys and Lady Blues send out groups around Jacksonville and South Jacksonville during regular trick-or-treating hours to collect canned items or money which will be donated to the Jacksonville Area Food Pantry.

An idea initiated by the Illinois College Student-Athlete Athletic Committee (SAAC), the proceeds will help IC in the Midwest Conference's 5th Annual Canned Food Challenge. In the four years that the program has been in place, the Canned Food Challenge has resulted in more than 34,000 non-perishable food items and nearly $10,000 being donated among the 10 MWC institutions. Here in Jacksonville, Illinois College collected more than 1,400 cans of food to donate in last year's Canned Food Challenge.

In addition to canned goods, cash donations will also be accepted and all money will be given to the Jacksonville Area Food Pantry. The IC coaches and members of SAAC look to build off the success of last year's program in which Illinois College finished fifth overall in the MWC Canned Food Challenge.

The areas of Jacksonville that Illinois College student-athletes plan to canvas are:

  • West Winds Drive
  • Between Grand and Westgate North of the Morgan County Fairgrounds
  • State and College north of campus
  • Applebee Farms/Sandusky/Passavant Drive
  • Area behind RMC Movie Theatres (South Jacksonville)
  • Between Diamond/Main/Vandalia (South Jacksonville)
  • Locust Street neighborhoods
  • N. Diamond near Jacksonville HS
  • Behind Walgreen's on Westgate
  • Massey Lane/Delaney Drive neighborhoods
  • Neighborhoods west of Morgan County Fairgrounds

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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