"Instead of trick-or-treating for candy, we're going to collect food for the Auburn Food Bank," says Nicole. "We're calling it Feed the Need."
The idea for Feed the Need came when Nicole and her friend Emily Hennings--co-founders of the campaign--heard youth activist Craig Kielburger speak at the Community Foundation's Be the Spark event last May.
"Craig encouraged the audience to Be the Spark by collecting food at Halloween for those in need. My friend Emily and I left that night talking about the idea and thought, 'We could do that.'"
Over the past few months, Nicole and Emily recruited eight other friends and began meeting weekly to turn their idea into action. Their goal is to make it easy for their neighborhood to get involved. Thanks to support from the Auburn Food Mart, they have 500 donated grocery bags which they will deliver to houses in advance of Halloween, along with flyers talking about the campaign. They plan to set up a large trailer for collecting food donations in downtown Auburn, as well as go door-to-door to collect items which they'll later sort at the Auburn Food Bank.
"We just wanted to do something. We wanted to make a difference. It's small, but it will help," says Nicole. She credits support from her friends and her mother for helping the idea become a reality.
"If other people want to help out, they can contact us on our Facebook page if they live in the Auburn area or start something similar in their community," said Nicole. "A few other neighborhoods have started something: Tacoma, Seattle and Portland. It would be great to see people in different neighborhoods join in."
To learn more about Feed the Need or to support their efforts, visit their Facebook page.