Holy Trinity students will collect food items for the food shelf in Winsted and part of Lester Prairie
By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN Holy Trinity students are looking for something more substantial than SweetTarts and candy corn this year when they go door-to-door Halloween night, Friday, Oct. 31.
It is the school’s fifth annual Halloween Bash, and the first part of the evening has students collecting food for the McLeod County Food Shelf throughout Winsted, and Lester Prairie in the East Park Estates and Prairie Ridge developments along McLeod County Road 9.
There will be approximately 15 teams of students, from fifth grade to 12th grade, with chaperones, going from house-to-house asking residents for nonperishable food items which the food shelf needs desperately.
Marietta Neumann, coordinator at the McLeod County Food Shelf, said she is looking forward to the Holy Trinity Halloween Bash because it means they will be able to start putting food back on the shelf.
“We have gone into our cash reserve because everything else is gone. I have been buying everything, even soups and macaroni and cheese,” Neumann said.
According to Neumann, the food shelf usage is way up.
“In September of last year, we served 160 households. This September we served 260,” Neumann said.
Suggestions for the food shelf include nonperishable items like soup, rice, boxed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, pasta, hot and cold cereal, canned meat, juices food staples that would make a nutritious meal.
Students will begin the food collection by 6:30 p.m. and should return to school by 8 p.m. for a food count and weigh-in to determine the winning team which will get free pizza and pop that night.
Following the food drive, there will be games, music, and concessions in the school gym.
All students are welcome to attend. The cost for the evening is $7 per person or $15 maximum per family.
“We have had lots of guests that have come and just had a blast. Holy Trinity is about including everybody and inviting them to be a part, even if you don’t go to school here or are not a member of the parish you are welcome,” Elaine Kahle, campus ministry, said.
This is the fifth year that Kahle has planned the successful event. The original idea was to do something to promote community service and give the students a place to have fun instead of running around town getting candy.
The Halloween Bash has accomplished both things. The numbers of students turning out for the event has been around 100 to 120, and as a service project, the food shelf is thankful because it is able to receive donations earlier than the annual holiday contributions.
There aren’t any statistics for the first Halloween Bash, but the total weight of the food supplies collected in the last three years is 5,872 pounds.
The year 2007 was the first year the students collected more than 2,000 pounds of food with a total of 2,351 pounds.
Some of the activities offered in the gym after the food collection will be an obstacle course, a boxing game, sumo wrestling, along with Texas Hold’em, Dance Resolution, Guitar Hero, and a Polish horseshoe tournament. Guests must pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Anyone who would like to donate food to the McLeod County Food Shelf and will not be home Friday, Halloween evening, can drop their food donations off at Holy Trinity this week at the school office or they can call ahead of time and someone from Holy Trinity will pick it up during the day.
If someone would like to donate cash, it should be in the form of a check made out to McLeod County Food Shelf with each dollar donated being equivalent to one pound of food.