History

It’s Spooky To Be Hungry® was founded in 1992 by Evelyn Brown with the goals of bringing people of all ages together in fun, brief, significant, community-building volunteer work, working together to fight hunger. Spooky is primarily a neighbor-to-neighbor effort, but now also includes organized drives with many schools, businesses, faith communities, and civic organizations. Spooky began with only a handful of volunteers — adults and children – first in one neighborhood in Rochester, Minnesota, and then in three suburban neighborhoods in Columbia County, just outside Augusta, Georgia. By 2006 It’s Spooky To Be Hungry® had become the single largest grassroots service project in CSRA regional history including over 2700 volunteers, half of them children, across a ten county area of Georgia and South Carolina.

In 2002, Spooky incorporated as a tax-exempt non-profit charitable corporation, under the name “Big Changes Start Small, Inc.”  In 2006, the Spooky CSRA partnered with Golden Harvest Food Bank, the recipient of the Augusta area Spooky collection, in order to expand the reach of the food drive. This partnership allowed Spooky CSRA to grow into the largest single food drive in the region. After 21 years of service, It’s Spooky to Be Hungry founder Evelyn Brown formally passed the torch to Golden Harvest Food Bank in 2013, which officially purchased the rights to continue the food drive. Golden Harvest will ensure that the legacy built during 21 years of service will continue to grow and help the needy in our community.