‘We Scare Hunger’, an initiative inspired by ‘Free the Children’, is an annual Halloween food drive to help food banks stock up on everything they need to fight hunger across Canada. Ford Canada, partnered with ‘Free the children’, to support the initiative ‘We Scare Hunger’ in Ford dealerships across the country. Locally, a major effort was underway at St. Mary’s College on Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2015 to organize and appraise the immense amount of food that has been collected to date.
Mario Rocchetta, a teacher at St. Mary’ College and Sessional Professor at Sault College received an invitation from Judith Kovala, (Operations Manager, Maitland Ford Lincoln) to collaborate on the national campaign, ‘We Scare Hunger’. “Through my work with both St. Mary’s College and at Sault College, Judith and I talked about an idea to bridge the initiative with both schools. After a few quick brainstorming sessions, we got busy and the rest is history. For the month of October, St.Mary’s College has been doing a lot of in house activities from dress-down days, home room challenges, to different activities around the school. Students have been coming up with fun ways to bring in canned food here at SMC. Sault College has done a lot of their own activities as well. Up to 1,000 bags were distributed through canvassing by both Sault College and St. Mary’s students.
Students and staff from both schools went out into the community to spread the word about ‘We Scare Hunger’ food drive throughout the month of October. “We set up information tables and collection boxes at Metro Churchill Plaza, as well as Rome’s YIG. This month long effort has been multi tiered. We’re not quite at the final count, but as of right now, approximately 5,000 items have been counted. We are going to be feeding a lot of good people this year in Sault Ste. Marie.” said Mario Rocchetta
Erin, a St. Mary’s student enjoyed the outreach part of the campaign. “We handed out flyers, and went back to collect cans from people door-to-door. People could leave bags outside their doors, and we went back and collected them.” she said.
Lindley Dupuis, Student Union Vice President Campus Connections, shared “We do campaigns frequently, and every year around Hallowe’en, we have activities to promote donations to our Sault College Food Bank. This year, we joined forces with St. Mary’s College to create an even bigger impact.”
The Sault College food bank will be one of the recipients of ‘We Scare Hunger’ food drive. “Through social media, campus posters, and our Board of Directors, we kept up a campaign for donations. I was involved with ‘Free the Children, Me to We’ when I was in high school, so this campaign has been important to me personally as well.” said Lindley
“This is the 2nd year for Maitland Ford Lincoln’s participation. Through the partnership with Sault College and St. Mary’s College we were able to expand on the annual campaign.” shared Judith Kovala. “The amount of food collected is impressive. There will be a count of everything on Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday, Nov. 5th, the ‘We Scare Hunger’
Campaign will end when we deliver the donations to 6 different food banks in The Sault.”
There is still time to support this food drive. People can bring donations to any of the three site locations, Maitland Ford Lincoln, St. Mary’s College and Sault College right up until Tuesday, November 3rd,2015.
Congratulations to everyone involved in ‘We Scare Hunger’. The amount of food collected is indeed, impressive.
To learn more about ‘We Scare Hunger’ and ‘Free the Children’, visit http://www.weday.com/we-schools/campaigns/we-scare-hunger/
and Maitland Ford Lincoln http://www.maitlandford.com/