SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Halloween parade at Appleby School is a definite local favorite. Kids and teachers don their costumes as family and friends watch. However, this year's parade has an additional element.

Since the end of September, the students and staff at Appleby School have been participating in the 2015 Students Change Hunger Challenge. The New Jersey Federation of Food Banks posed the challenge to Garden State schools in order to raise donations for area food pantries. Last year more than 200 schools participated and raised over 160,000 pounds of food. The goal of the challenge is to collect as much food as possible for local food banks.

The challenge continues through November 23. However, Appleby School is asking that people who attend the annual Halloween parade on October 30 at 1:45 p.m.to bring a donation of non-perishable food items like cereal, soup or peanut butter.

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All of the proceeds from Appleby's Students Change Hunger Challenge will be donated to the Alice's Cup pantry, which is located in the Spotswood Reformed Church Annex on Main Street. Currently, the pantry is providing food for more than 300 Middlesex County families and is constantly in need of supplies.

Boxes will be set up outside for spectators to place their donations.