Gahanna Lincoln High School students want food donations, not candy, on Halloween to donate to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Gahanna Lincoln High School students want food donations, not candy, on Halloween to donate to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

The National Honor Society, a service-based organization, is continuing its tradition of collecting nonperishables from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, for the food bank.

Stephen George, honor society vice president, said the group would go door to door Halloween night to ask for canned or nonperishable items.

Christian Schaefer, of the International Thespian Society, said students from his group also are getting involved in the effort.

"We wanted to team up with NHS," he said. "We will collect cans. All members will donate about 100 cans to NHS. That's our plan to bring the two organizations together."

George said the theme for students this year is "We are family."

"This is a good example of that," he said. "Two groups are working toward the greater goal to help people in the central Ohio community."

The students' goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food.

Members of the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education helped the students kick off the collection by making donations during the Oct. 10 board meeting.

Foods needed include canned fruits and vegetables, dry beans, pasta, rice and such special holiday items as jello, gravy mix and pie filling.

Any other nonperishable items also are appreciated.

-- Marla Kuhlman