This Halloween, candy isn’t the only thing being collected by trick-or-treaters in Vernon and Coldstream.
Students from Kalamalka, Seaton, Fulton and Vernon secondary schools are joining in the fight against hunger by choosing to collect cans over candy through the Halloween For Hunger campaign with Free the Children.
All of the collected non-perishable food items will be donated to the food bank in Vernon, a service that is becoming far more vital to local families.
“This year we are holding a competition between the high schools of Vernon to encourage a broader range of participation and of awareness,” said Lauren Dixon, a core member of the Social Political Awareness Movement at Kal.
Participating students from Seaton, Vernon Secondary, Fulton and Kal will be counting up their collections on Nov. 1 to see who can give back the most to the food bank this Halloween.
These students are also in need of community support in order to reach their district goal of 10,000 cans. This year, the Salvation Army is in need of pasta products and rice, canned meats, dry soups, canned fruits and vegetables, flour, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, canned/powdered milk, fruit juices, pasta sauce, beans and infant formula or baby food. Diapers and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.
“This is not an event that requires a sign up or organization to collect with,” said Dixon. “Anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to join the cause and trick or treat for food items on October 31.”
Collections can be dropped off at any one of the participating high schools or at the Salvation Army.