Spooky Frequently Asked Questions

What is It’s Spooky to be Hungry®?

It’s Spooky To Be Hungry® collects food and funds to feed the hungry in our community every October. Sponsored by Golden Harvest Food Bank, Spooky is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, primarily neighbor-to-neighbor food drive. We bring together thousands of adults and children in fun, brief, significant, community-building volunteer work, as we help fight hunger and feed the needy.

When is my Spooky Collection this year?

Collections will take place in the following counties on the following dates:

Aiken County – October 21, 2017
Columbia County – October 28, 2017
Richmond County – October 21, 2017

What is our mission?

Golden Harvest Food Bank provides quality food and other grocery products to those in need. We do this with local community support through direct service programs, food pantries, and community education about hunger. It’s Spooky to Be Hungry® is our largest annual food and funds drive, and we could not do the work of serving the hungry without this vital event!

How Does Spooky Work?

It’s Spooky To Be Hungry® provides all the central training, orientation, and essential materials for neighborhoods to get involved in the annual drive. Each participating neighborhood has its own captain, who coordinates volunteers and collection. Prior to collection day, flyers describing the specifics of the upcoming food drive are distributed to each home. On collection day, teams of volunteers go door-to-door gathering donations of food and money. They then take the collection to a drop-off location. Guidelines fully describing neighborhood collections are available to all new captains.

In addition to collecting in neighborhoods, many people get involved with Spooky by organizing Spooky food drives in their school, business, civic organization or faith community. Guidelines fully describing neighborhood collections are available to all new captains.

Where Does My Donation To It’s Spooky To Be Hungry Go?

Your donation to It’s Spooky To Be Hungry® feeds hungry families and individuals in your local community. Golden Harvest Food Bank uses every $1 donated to distribute $9 worth of food to those in need. Food that is donated in Aiken County will be collected by the Aiken Distribution Center, where it will be sorted, inspected, and distributed to the hungry in Aiken County. Food donated in Richmond and Columbia County will go to our Augusta Distribution Center for inspection, sorting, and distribution to the hungry in Richmond and Columbia County.

How did It’s Spooky to be Hungry get started?

Spooky began in 1992 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. The growth of this neighbor-to-neighbor drive has been remarkable, and in 2002, Spooky reorganized and incorporated as a tax-exempt non-profit corporation, under the name “Big Changes Start Small, Inc.®”

The phenomenal success of the Spooky CSRA Chapter moved the founder to form a local partnership with Golden Harvest Food Bank in 2006. This partnership allowed Spooky CSRA to grow into the largest single food drive in the region. During the following 7 years, Golden Harvest Food Bank took over administration of Spooky, and in 2013 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.

How Can I Be Part of Spooky?

Get involved! There are so many ways to be a part of Spooky. In a community where Spooky is already in place, you can volunteer to work in a neighborhood or get your own neighborhood involved. You can contribute non-perishable food or money to Spooky. Our volunteers work only a few hours, but together, they make a real difference in their communities. Contact us at spookyvolunteer@goldenharvest.org to learn more about the opportunities for you or your family to join in this fun, meaningful volunteer effort to make a difference!

Your business, organization, or school can also be part of this amazing community-wide food drive. Become a Community Partner and host your own Spooky Food and Funds Drive – we’ll provide bins, fliers, and everything you need to collect food and funds for the hungry. Check out our Community Partnership Flyer for more info, or contact Melissa Brown at mbrown@goldenharvest.org.