Help Hunger in Our Hood – Donate a Non-Perishable Food Item This Week

This week (October 29 – November 1st) we are holding Howard’s first Halloween Food Drive. Please send your child to school with a non-perishable food item(s) and tell them to place it in the donation baskets by the office.

This is an initiative of Free The Children. Their campaign called “We Scare Hunger” is based upon having kids contribute non-perishable food items to help with hunger. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in Canada and the world. At Halloween, when many of our children receive so much, it is nice to be able to teach them a little something about giving and gratitude.

Free The Children does an amazing job at providing all the materials to help run the campaign including teacher’s lesson notes and activities (which are also great resources for parents).

Information and teachers notes can be found here:

On Friday a group of Howard students will bring the donations to “The Stop” – a local Food Bank and Community Food Centre.  “The Stop” is in our neighbourhood and their philosophy goes beyond simply feeding “The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.”

The Stop has offered to provide the children with a tour of their Centre on Friday when we drop off the donations. If you are able or interested in helping deliver donations and participating with your child or if you have any questions – send me an email.


Aileen MacDonald

Here is a list of current requests from The Stop:

Food Bank Wish List

Reusable bags (we are trying to make the food bank plastic bag-free)

Canned Vegetables
Pasta sauce (no sugar added, organic preferred)
Plain beans (no sauce, no salt)

Canned Fish

Dairy Alternatives
Soy milk (tetrapaks only)
Rice milk (tetrapaks only)

Dry Goods
White flour /Whole wheat flour / Cornmeal
Baking powder
Baking soda
Beans (black, red kidney, white kidney, black eyed peas, chick peas, lentils)
Brown rice / White rice
Whole wheat pasta / Gluten-free pasta
Granola / Oatmeal
Quinoa / Bulgur



Low fat granola bars
Sunflower seeds
Dried fruit
Popcorn (plain)

Peanut butter (natural preferred)
Jam (no to low sugar, real fruit preferred)
Juice (no sugar added)
Canned fruit (no sugar added)


Honey / Maple syrup
Coffee & tea

Cooking oil