Golden Harvest Food Bank’s annual Halloween collection drive is expected to bring in more help for the hungry than last year.
The It’s Spooky to be Hungry Drive has so far brought in 63,000 pounds of food, with donations from North Augusta, Aiken and “non-neighborhood” sites still yet to be picked up, Spooky Coordinator Millie Robinson said.
“I would say we’ll be at last year’s numbers, if not more,” Robinson said, adding final counts will be complete in mid-November.
Last year’s drive brought in 125,000 pounds of food and $57,000, which went to the bank’s food distributors and programs.
Robinson said volunteers this year are picking up food and money from 194 neighborhoods and 185 non-neighborhood sites such as schools, churches, businesses and libraries across the Augusta area.
To collect donations from neighborhoods, volunteers left fliers about the drive in mailboxes and picked-up the food from doorsteps during two collections this month.
The monetary help is also just as important, as every dollar donated distributes $7 worth of food to the community, Robinson said.
Robinson said excitement from the community helps make the Spooky drive the largest collection event each year.
Schools have even made friendly competition out of collecting food. The class at Aquinas High School that collects the most food will be rewarded with a jeans day as a break from the required uniforms, Robinson said.
“People are very enthusiastic about this drive,” Robinson said. “They really get fired up about it and get involved.”