The adults and the youth at First Lutheran Church are at war.

The adults and the youth at First Lutheran Church are at war.

The two generations are in a friendly competition in collecting canned food and non-perishable items for the Geneseo Food Pantry.

The focus for the month of October at First Lutheran is to scare away hunger in the community and in the world, according to Mary Jo Brummet, director of communications and operations at the church.

Church members are reaching out in many various directions in achieving their goal.

Youth members of the congregation represent kindergarten through 12th grade, and the young people in grades K-6 are encouraged to take non-perishable food items with them when they attend Faithtime, the weekly after-school program at the church.

“Seventh and eighth graders in confirmation and 9th through 12th high school youth groups are encouraged to donate each week,” Brummet said.

“To cap off the month, youth in seventh through 12th grades and their friends are invited to participate in the Boo-4-Food night of fun and service,” she said.

The event is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the young people will be dressed in costume and visiting homes in area neighborhoods, “trick or treating” for canned goods and non-perishable food items to be given to the Geneseo Food Pantry.

In addition to being able to add their collections to the youth side of the challenge, they will gather for fellowship, special treats and prizes.

October also represents World Hunger Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, at First Lutheran.

The Rev. Robin Brown, of Chicago, associate director of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) World Hunger, Congregational Support, will be guest speaker to share information about the ELCA Hunger Appeal. An offering will be taken at each of the three worship services to support ELCA World Hunger.

An informal worship is held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays with Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.