Trivia night to benefit local food pantries

Analicia Haynes, Editor-in-Chief

The Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism will host a trivia night Wednesday as its final event for Hunger Action Month.

Trivia night will be at the Brick House, located at 920 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with trivia starting at 6:30 p.m.

Beth Gillespie, the director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism, said people can participate in teams of up to eight people or if someone is “supper good” they can be a team of one.

Gillespie said the winner or winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Brick House.

It is $10 per person to attend Trivia Night, and Gillespie said all the proceeds from the event go to the local food pantries.

Anyone can attend the event, and Gillespie said by hosting it at the Brick House, more members of the community including those who regularly attend the trivia night will come out to support the program.

“It’s a fun night of doing something different while also making a difference,” Gillespie said.

Overall, Gillespie and Crystal Brown, the assistant director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism, said they are hoping to get as many people as possible.

Brown and Gillespie said even if they only get 10 people to attend at $10 per person, which equals $100, they can turn that $100 into $1,000 because of how far they can stretch $100 at the food bank in Champaign.

Gillespie said food pantries are important year-round but especially during the holiday season.

“Families are already making tough decisions on where their money goes… on top of holiday costs,” Gillespie said. “Places like the food pantry helps ensure people in our community are fed.”

Gillespie encourages people to attend the Trivia Night because it is almost like giving up one meal out or two coffees from Starbucks in order to help a good cause.

As for Hunger Action Month in general, Brown and Gillespie said it was a successful year.

They said it is hard to compare this year to last year, but they know that students are more involved and paying attention to hunger insecurities on campus.

However, Brown said looking ahead to next year they will work on expanding upon what they already have and building more relationships on campus.

Alex Martens, a grad assistant in the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism and the person who coordinated Hunger Action Month, said there are several events he wants to keep for next year including the “Price is Right” game.

He also said a goal for next year is to work on the relationship with the Health Education Resource Center and maintain the ongoing relationship they have with groups such as EIU Athletics.

Analicia Haynes can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].