It comes upon you slowly.
There is no ‘sudden attack’.
Instead, it will stalk you for days, even weeks, relentlessly.
You might even see it coming, yet have no power to prevent it.
Out of all of the things that our kind has cause to fear, this may be the one thing that far too many people in our community fear most of all. This is hunger.
For the next two weeks, people in Kipling have the opportunity to help beat back that fear by participating in the “Hunger is Scary” Food Drive.
Both the Kipling Public Library and Kipling Leisure Services are involved with this initiative.
As Charla Smyth (Kipling Public Library) explains, “My family has been involved with the ‘Hunger is Scary Food Drive’ in Yorkton for a while. There, the kids who are taking part in the Food Drive go out on Halloween and collect food for the Food Bank instead of candy.
I thought it was a really good idea and something that could work well here. So, I approached Susan Hengen (Kipling Leisure Services) with the idea. They’ve agreed to partner with us and have been helping to get the word out to people through advertising.”
Smyth says that the Kipling version of the Hunger is Scary Food Drive will “look a little different”.
“We’re inviting people to bring donations of non-perishable food to the Library from Oct. 16th through to Nov. 2nd. And even though the library isn’t open on Oct. 31st, we’re inviting people to wear their costumes whenever they come in to drop off their donations!”
Wayne Struble with the Kipling and District Food Bank is pleased to see the initiative.
“We always find that things become kind of quiet over the summer, as far as donations go” he says. “So, we’re very pleased to see something like this. The Food Bank is happy to receive donations of any kind of non-perishable food.”

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