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Children's Services Department plans canned goods drive

Students enrolled in the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 29 Out of School Time  Programs will Trick-or-Treat for canned goods this week instead of candy.

On Friday, Oct. 27, students will be going door-to-door, escorted by staff, into the neighborhoods around their schools to solicit donations for local food pantries with a mission to help  stop hunger.

The Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat program also will include collections boxes being placed at three JCPRD locations from Monday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 27. The sites are:

  • Building A, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam;
  • the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 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.

Out of School Time sites in the Shawnee Mission School District will be donating their collections to Johnson County’s Feed the Need campaign. Out of School Time 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 need of contributions.

More information is available by calling (913) 856-2493.