Annual food drive marks 25th anniversary

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.

FOOD FIGHT

Two local CPA firms took first place recently in the fourth annual Georgia Accounting Food Fight.

The Food Fight is a two-week competition, during which accounting professionals statewide raise food and funds for Georgia’s eight regional food banks.

The local winners were Pennington and Berry, CPA, in the Sole Proprietor category, for Total Points and Points Per Employee at 10,880 meals; and the Cleveland Group, Medium Firm category, for Points Per Employee at 7,236 meals.

This year, more than 65 accounting firms and industry accounting departments in 21 cities competed, raising 11,286 pounds of food and $135,485 for food banks.

The Food Fight is run by the Georgia Society of CPAs and the Georgia Food Bank Association. It has collectively raised $441,179 and 49,270 pounds of food.

The competition took place Aug. 7-18.

 

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