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.  After 21 years of dutiful service, It’s Spooky to Be Hungry founder Evelyn Brown formally passed the torch to Golden Harvest Food Bank, which will continue the Spooky tradition for years to come.  The food and funds drive has become the Food Bank’s largest annual drive, bringing in food and funds for over 244,000 meals in 2016.  Golden Harvest looks forward to many more years of successful and fun Spooky drives.