3 Ways to Scare Away Hunger this Halloween season

Looking forward to frights and fun this Halloween season? As you plan ahead for your tricks and treats, don’t forget about all the ways you can help fight hunger along the way.

Hold a ‘trunk or treat’ event and include a food drive

Trunk or treat style fundraisers are a fun way for your congregation or group to ensure a safe and fun trick or treat experience. It is super easy to add a food drive in tangent with your trunk or treat and ask participants to bring nonperishable food items to donate. Remember our three biggest needs: peanut butter, whole grain cereal, and fruit (canned in its own juice). 

You can even add an online fundraiser for those who can’t make it to the event on our JustGiving platform.

‘Trick or Treat’ for DMARC

Instead of just doing candy this beggars night, work with your neighbors to get the word out that you will be collecting nonperishable food items when going door to door. Get your jokes ready and involve the whole family.

Create a neighborhood Halloween-themed fundraiser


Drive-through fundraisers are an easy way to work together with your neighbors and collect nonperishable food/monetary donations. Encourage each house on the block to decorate their home with your best Halloween display, hold performances in the yard, and dress up. ‘Halloween on the Hill’ is one of these annual neighborhood fundraisers hosted by the Sherman Hill Neighborhood on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Halloween on the Hill

Save the Date:

Join Save the Children Action Network and DMARC  as we bring advocates from across the state of Iowa for the 2023 Iowa State Advocacy Summit on Saturday, October 28, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

What is the Advocacy Summit?
The Iowa State Advocacy Summit is an annual event that brings together advocates from across the state for a tailored experience that includes special speakers, expert panels, fun team building activities, and skills trainings. This year, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) and Des Moines Area Religious Council are teaming up to help anti-hunger and early learning advocates level-up their skills to be a strong presence in the community.

Why Advocacy?
Families across the state of Iowa are facing many challenges that prevent them from accessing the nutrition and early education experiences that kids need! Whether on the campaign trail speaking with presidential candidates, or holding elected officials accountable at the Iowa Capitol, children and families struggling everyday need your voice now more than ever!


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