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St. Thomas More's Halloween for Hunger

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H4H at STM
The fight against poverty becomes explicit on Halloween night when over 1000 volunteers meet at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School to collect donations for the local Neighbour 2 Neighbour (N2N) food bank. The vast majority of these volunteers are the school’s very own students, who successfully bring back tens of thousands of pounds of food each year. An initiative originally beginning with only 30 students in the year 2000 has grown to be one of the largest student-organized events in the country.

The H4H collection area spans the West and Central Hamilton Mountain, from the Ancaster border in the west, to the escarpment in the north, Upper Wentworth to the east, and Twenty Rd to the south, accounting for approximately 25,000 homes. The entire collection process occurs in one night with the launch and return location being the school’s cafeteria. A single moment is not wasted as all donations are brought to the food bank within the next business day. This campaign’s success can also be credited to the many generous and dedicated sponsors and media outlets who help support the event. The community’s kindness and solidarity become clear in the annual growth of volunteers, donations, and in-kind support.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our traditional food drive has been put on hold, as it's not possible to maintain the safety of all student, staff and community volunteers. Instead we are holding an online fundraiser, toward which we hope all community stakeholders, homeowners and businesses alike, contribute! The online donation page can be found https://www.n2ncentre.com/h4h

Neighbour 2 Neighbour
All donations collected from H4H go directly to the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, which serves all of the Hamilton Mountain, including Stoney Creek, Glanbrook and Ancaster. There are approximately 1200 families each month who rely on N2N for emergency food support, and 40% of those who benefit are children. Despite the donations of H4H exceeding 80,000 lbs over the past several years, most of the food is depleted by mid-January. The presence of poverty in this community is evident in the constant need for food, supplies, and services for people who depend on N2N. St. Thomas More has been recognized for giving the biggest single-day donation each year, and is a Platinum Sponsor of the N2N food bank.

Due to COVID-19, emergency food applications have increased 42% at N2N, and they have also seen an 88% jump in the number of food delivery requests. As this pandemic worsens, so too does the plight of those already on the edge of poverty. Our help is needed more than ever!

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are concentrating on our online fundraiser to support Neighbour to Neighbour, and therefore will not be running our food drive. However, if you wish to donate items, please call N2N directly at (905)574-1334.

Traditionally the following products are needed most:

100% Fruit Juice
Baby Formula
Canned Beans
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Coffee/Tea
Diapers (size 3-6)
Dried Beans
Granola Bars
Low Sugar Cereal
Natural Peanut Butter
Nutritional Formula (Boost/Ensure)
Nuts and Seeds
Oatmeal
Pasta Sauce
Powdered Milk
Rice/Barley
Tetra-Packed Milk
Toiletries
Trail Mix
Tuna/Salmon
Unsweetened Applesauce
Unsweetened Jam
Whole Grain Crackers

JOIN US

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our desire to keep everyone safe, we will not be using student volunteers. This year's campaign will be an online fundraiser for Neighbour to Neighbour only.

However, if you still wish to help our neighbours in need, you can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @stm_h4h, and please consider sharing our donation page www.n2ncentre.com/h4h with all your contacts. Together we can continue to make a difference! Thank you!
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CONTACT INFO

St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary
1045 Upper Paradise Road
Hamilton, ON L9B 2N4
Phone: (905) 388-3030
Fax: (905) 388-3056

John Morelli, Teacher-Advisor - morellijo@hwcdsb.ca
Sue Gambioli, Teacher-Advisor - gambiolis@hwcdsb.ca

For more information about STM visit, https://stm.hwcdsb.ca
Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @stm_h4h

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
28 Athens Street
Hamilton, ON L9C 3K9

Phone: (905) 574-1334
Fax: (905) 574-1688

Email: admin@n2ncentre.com
For more information about N2N visit, http://www.n2ncentre.com

Service Hours:
Mon-Wed 9:30am – 3:30pm
Thurs 12:30pm – 7:30pm
Fri Closed
Admin Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00am – 3:30pm

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Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Mountain Hyundai
Peter Martin Appliances and Heating and Cooling
Wellington Nursing and Retirement Home
Mr. Grande Pizza

Silver Sponsors
Office of the President for McMaster University
Red Hill Orthodontics
OnCOURSE Education

Bronze Sponsors
Play It Again Sports