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West Kildonan Collegiate has a long history of supporting Winnipeg Harvest. On Wed., Oct. 31, the school will participate for the first time in Halloween for Hunger.


Halloween for Hunger is a nation-wide campaign that has been embraced by Free the Children, an organization that empowers youth to change lives at home and overseas. The campaign is about supporting local food banks and is a way for young people to make a positive impact in their community.


Members of the Social Justice Club at West Kildonan Collegiate will trick-or-treat for non-perishable food items for Winnipeg Harvest. All students at West Kildonan are encouraged to participate in the campaign, either by donating food or by going door-to-door on Halloween and collecting food donations. They hope to fill the common area at the collegiate with a copious amount of food.


As a community, we can make Halloween for Hunger a success by having non-perishable food available during trick-or-treating times.


Each month, more than 55,000 people in Manitoba use food banks. Last year, Winnipeg Harvest distributed 11 million pounds of food.


Jason Pinder, a teacher at West Kildonan said: "We recognize that there is a need for food now and throughout the year."


The school’s Social Justice Club is dedicated to raising awareness for human rights issues.


"There is a lot of injustice in the world and the club is trying to raise funds and create projects to try and solve some of the problems," said Pinder, who is one of eight teachers involved in the Social Justice Club. "It is one day at a time and one project at a time."


The Social Justice Club is in its third year at West Kildonan and it welcomes new members from all grade levels.


"The club helps to pull students out of their shells and to grow and become leaders," Pinder said.


For a list of the 10 most need food items, please visit the Winnipeg Harvest link at: http://winnipegharvest.org/10-most-wanted-food-items.


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Kildonan Youth Activity Centre is open to kids between the ages of eight and 17 and meets during the school year at Ecole Riverbend Community School. It is open Tuesdays from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. Please call 204-589-0121 for additional information.


Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for Riverbend and Rivergrove. You can contact her at christina.hiebert@gmail.com.

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