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Students and staff from Central High School will collect non-perishable food items on the South Side of La Crosse this Halloween during their annual Trick-or-Can event.

About 125 Central High School students and staff will participate in the event. The groups taking part in the event will include students from the school’s football, boys soccer, girls and boys cross country, and girls tennis teams, students from DECA, and other students and staff.

“I want to make an impact on the community and help the people at Central that don’t have enough food to eat,” Central High School senior Jennifer Hamann said.

The students and staff collecting food will be in the neighborhoods around Central High School during the regular trick-or-treating hours on Tuesday. Residents will be able to identify students taking part in the food drive by their athletic uniforms or Central High School apparel, and they’ll be carrying an event flyer with them.

The food collected will benefit the Hunger Task Force and the school’s food pantry, La Cocina. Last year students collected more than 2,900 items. This year they have raised their goal, and hope to collect 3,500 non-perishable food items.

Some of the non-perishable food items suggested for donation include peanut butter, canned beans, canned fruit, canned meat, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, along with breakfast items such as cereal, boxed breakfast/granola bars and oatmeal.

Photos: Halloween displays at La Crosse area homes

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