|JCPRD Children's Services Department Conducting Halloween-Themed Canned Goods Drive Through Oct. 31|
Students enrolled in the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 25 After School Programs will Trick-or-Treat for canned goods instead of candy again this year. On Halloween they will be going door to door, escorted by staff, into the neighborhoods around their schools to solicit donations for area food pantries. These kids want to do something to stop hunger.
Assistance from the general public is also sought as collections boxes will be placed at two JCPRD office locations from Oct. 22 through 31. Those sites are: Building A, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam; and the Administrative Offices at Shawnee Mission Park, 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee. According to the Harvesters Community Food Network, the most-needed food items are: canned soup, vegetables, fruit, and meats, boxed meals, peanut butter and jelly and hot and cold cereal.
Afterschool sites in the Shawnee Mission School District will be donating their collections to Harvesters. As Kansas City’s only food bank, Harvesters serves 1,602,593 meals monthly. Afterschool sites in the Gardner and De Soto school districts will be donating their canned goods to their respective local food pantries, which are both in dire need of contributions.
Last year, the children conducted a similar project and were able to collect over 6,800 goods in a one-hour period. The Children’s Services Department hopes to collect even more this year. With public contributions, these kids can make a big impact on our community!
For more information, contact Sunflower Elementary School-Age Program Director Mary Fredley at (913) 888-0133.