A Holiday to both Give and Receive

November 14th 2021

SD8 students collect food donations at Halloween

Students from several SD8 Kootenay Lake school district schools supported the Halloween for Hunger campaign again this year, helping to shift the focus on getting to giving at Halloween.

Also known as the We Scare the Hunger campaign, students from various schools in both Nelson and Creston participated in this annual giving campaign leading up to the popular Halloween holiday. The charitable campaign enlists students to collect food bank donations and in turn students develop a greater understanding of how their actions can have a positive impact on those experiencing hunger in their local community.

Hume Elementary has been running this program for the past 7 years, with the exception of last year due to COVID, however they were eager to return to the streets this year to round up donations with the help of parent volunteers.

“This community service driven program is an important learning opportunity for our students to discover how they can make a real difference” said Sacha Kalabis, Principal of Hume Elementary. “This year we were able to collect 1123 lbs of non-perishables that we have since donated to the Nelson Food Centre, to be distributed to families in need.” In total, participating Nelson schools brought in 2,500 pounds of non-perishables valued at approx $4,500.

At Canyon-Lister Elementary in Creston, the Be the Change student group donated a total of 214 non-perishable food to the local Gleaners food bank. The Be the Change group is committed to creating positive change in their school, in their community and on a global level through a variety of ongoing projects. Since 2012, this student group has been gathering and donating food items for their local food bank.

The original initiative was created by Dr. Jonathan White, a professor at Bentley University that recognized the importance of youth becoming active participants in their community to support those affected by the issue of food scarcity and hunger. Recognizing that millions of families in Canada and around the world currently experience food insecurity, the goal of the campaign is that students become hunger advocates who are dedicated to ending the issue of hunger both locally and globally, and not just at Halloween!

Participating SD8 schools this year included Salmo Secondary, Salmo Elementary, Trafalgar Middle, South Nelson Elementary and Rosemont Elementary.

For community members that missed the campaign this year and are wishing to make a donation:

Creston – Gleaners Food Bank
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Nelson – Nelson Community Food Centre
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Photo: Canyon Lister Elementary Be the Change group loading the food bank food into the back of the Gleaners Food Bank truck.