Golden Harvest set to begin annual Spooky to Be Hungry food drive

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 1:01 PM
Last updated Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 2:24 AM
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Golden Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers for the 21st annual Spooky to Be Hungry food drive, its largest of the year.

The goal is to collect 150,000 pounds of food and raise an additional $60,000 for Golden Harvest’s programs.

Last year, the food drive collected more than 113,000 pounds of food and more than $54,000.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can distribute $7.88 worth of food.

“We are incredibly excited to launch this year’s ‘Spooky’ food drive,” Executive Director Travis McNeal said in a news release. “Golden Harvest is on pace to distribute 2 million more pounds of food this year, meaning we need much more help from our ‘Spooky’ food drive. Every year this drive gets bigger and bigger, which means we are able to benefit more families and grow our mission of Feeding Lives Together.”

Volunteers can participate in everything from sorting food donations to serving as neighborhood captains. Businesses, schools and places of worship are asked to place collection barrels in high-traffic areas.

Neighborhood collections will take place Oct. 12 in Aiken County, Oct. 19 in Columbia County and Oct. 26 in Richmond County.

Through its feeding programs such as a backpack program, the Master’s Table soup kitchen and a mobile food pantry, Golden Harvest Food Bank distributes food to families in need in 30 counties.

To volunteer or request a collection barrel, call (706) 736-1199 or e-mail Events Manager Carrie Jones at cjones@goldenharvest.org.

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