Free The Children, the non-profit organization behind the amazing We Day event, is hosting the Halloween for Hunger campaign. Instead of trick-or-treating for candy on October 31st, they’re suggesting that youth collect non-perishable food items that they can donate to their local food banks.
To help your spread the word, they have an online and downloadable guide for groups, schools, and individuals so that they can prepare and promote their own campaigns. In 2010, over 182,825 youth participated by donating over 609,225 pounds of food to their local food banks.
Suggested non-perishable items include canned meat/fish, peanut butter, bags of whole wheat pasta/rice, pasta sauce, canned fruit/vegetables, cereal, baby formula, and baby food. Up to 25,000 people receive food from the Greater Vancouver Food Bank each week including the working poor, single parents, new immigrants, and elderly on fixed incomes. 41 percent of the 14,000 to 15,000 monthly recipients at the Surrey Food Bank are children. For more information visit the Halloween for Hunger sign-up page.