|JCPRD Children's Services Department conducting Halloween-themed canned goods drive Oct. 27-31|
Students enrolled in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 27 After School Programs will Trick-or-Treat for canned goods instead of candy again this year. On the Friday before 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.
This program is called Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. Assistance from the general public is also sought as collections boxes will be placed at three JCPRD locations from Oct. 27 through 31. Those sites are: Building A, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam; the Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee, and the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner. Among 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 the Feed the Need campaign. 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.
For more information, contact Gardner Children's Services Specialist Lisa Hughes at (913) 856-2493.