Golden Harvest Food Bank is conducting its 25th annual It’s Spooky To Be Hungry food and funds drive this month.
The food bank’s signature drive spans Richmond and Columbia counties in Georgia and Aiken County in South Carolina. The event relies on thousands of volunteers to get the word out; collect food and funds; and serve the one in five people and one in four children in the Augusta area who face hunger.
In 2016, Spooky raised more than 244,000 meals.
“This year, more than ever, we want to involve as many CSRA neighborhoods, businesses, schools and residents as possible,” said Special Events Manager Carrie Jones. “This is Spooky’s 25th anniversary – raising a quarter-million meals for the CSRA is the best way to celebrate.”
Area residents can get involved in Spooky by becoming a Neighborhood Captain, volunteering on collection days in October, donating nonperishable food items or making a monetary donation either by check or by visiting itsspookytobehungry.org online and clicking the “Donate” button.
Neighborhood captains and volunteers will collect orange bag donations from Aiken and Richmond counties on Oct. 21. Donations from Columbia County will be collected Oct. 28.
Any Augusta-area resident who does not live in a Spooky neighborhood can make food donations at any area Goodwill store in designated bins or make a funds donations online by visiting the Spooky website as mentioned above.
Schools across the CSRA will collect food items throughout October.
Businesses will collect monetary donations Oct. 2-27. For the first time, local businesses will compete against one another as they raise money for Spooky through in-store collections and virtual food drives on Golden Harvest’s website.
For more information about how to join the Spooky drive, check itsspookytobehungry.org.