We had a lot of older kids come by our house on Halloween last year. Many of them were not dressed up and carried only paper bags and I admit I got a little judgemental watching them approach us.
Until they did not say “Trick or Treat.”
Instead they showed me a poster and a bag full of non-perishable food and said they were not asking for candy, but instead asking for food to donate to their local food banks. And I proceeded to empty my kitchen cabinets for them as I cried.
They were participating in an amazing program called We Scare Hunger. In 2012, We Scare Hunger participants collected over 875,000 lbs of food and donated it to their local food banks.
In the United States:
- 46.2 million Americans live in poverty.(Including 16.1 million children)
- 14.9% of households do not always have enough money to buy food.
- Free or price-reduced lunches are provided to approximately 31.8 million children every school day.
So today – on October 31, join participants across North America and the UK and take action to collect non-perishable food items at school and in the community. Collect as many canned goods and non-perishable food items as you can to help support your local food bank and raise awareness about local hunger.
Sometimes changing the world needs to start at home and the We Scare Hunger campaign gives our young people the tools and the ownership to know that even the smallest things can make a greater impact in their own communities – and through collective action programs like this – we can create BIG CHANGE and fill those food banks before the holidays arrive.
If you are a household and passing out candy – keep a box of canned goods to give to the young people who ask for them. As I know you will have a few come by your door too!
And don’t forget to give those kids a little treat too.