WINNEMUCCA - The Winnemucca Food Bank is debuting a new program this year aimed at filling its shelves as the holidays approach.

Adult and youth volunteers carrying plastic treat bags will trick or treat with their families from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Halloween night, Oct. 31.

The volunteers will be asking for non-perishable food items, which will then be donated to the food bank.

The bags are clearly marked "Winnemucca Ministerial Association." The ministerial association is sponsoring the program on behalf of the food bank; Humboldt General Hospital has partnered with the group to cover the cost of the bags and promotion.

Winnemucca Ministerial Association President Stan Rorex. said the food bank routinely struggles during the colder months when local families' needs are greater and supplies can run low.

"We wanted to give this program a try, and see if we could kick off our food campaigns a little earlier."

Rorex reminded the community that the "Scouting for Food" annual drive has also been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9.

"We know we are asking for a lot of help," said Rorex, "but we hope our community will be thoughtful and generous as they approach the holiday season."

On Halloween night, Rorex said volunteers will be looking for non-perishable canned goods, including soups, fruits, vegetables, tuna and chili. The group is also hoping for peanut butter, pasta, pasta mixes, spaghetti sauce and more.

Volunteers are still needed to help "trick or treat" for the Winnemucca Ministerial Association. To sign up and get a Halloween bag, please contact Winnemucca Food Bank Director Zerella Buttars at (775) 560-1658.

More information is also available from Winnemucca Ministerial Association secretary Barbara Sealy at (775) 623-4093.