Neighborhoods

Virtual Food Drive

This year for It’s Spooky to be Hungry,® neighborhoods have the option to go virtual using an exciting new online fundraising platform. Setting up your team fundraising page is a breeze, and only takes a few minutes. Here is how: 

  1. CLICK HERE to get to the It’s Spooky to Be Hungry® Virtual Drive page.
  2. Next, you’ll click on “Create or Join a Team” and follow the prompts to create an account and then a team page. Here are step-by-step instructions: How to Create or Join a Team. Once you’ve created your Team Page, here is a resource that helps you learn how to manage it: How to Manage Your Team as a Team Captain.
  3. Join your own Team and invite your neighbors to do the same.

For more information, read up on these 6 tips to have a more successful food drive: 6 Steps to Being a Successful Fundraiser

Important Dates

September 16, 2022 10:30am – Orientation and Kit Pickup – REGISTER HERE
September 20, 2022 5:30pm – Orientation and Kit Pickup – REGISTER HERE October 1, 2022 – Canvassing Day
October 22, 2022 – Food Drop Off Day
November 4, 2022 – Last day to drop off donations and food
November 10, 2022 – Spooky Celebration and Awards

Food Collection 

We are happy to accept your non-perishable food donations at any of the Food Collection Points or Participating Neighborhoods listed below on Saturday, October 22 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. See a list of most wanted food items here.

Non-perishable food includes: Canned goods, dry goods, dehydrated foods, and items that do not require refrigeration. 

Food Collection Logistics

  • Orange bags will not be provided or used for food donations this year. 
  • Food donations will not be left on front porches by residents like previous years. 
  • Neighborhood residents (and anyone in the community) can drive their food donations to ANY food collection point listed here. 
  • We plan to have at least 6 food collection points listed before Oct 1st. 
  • If you choose to create a designated food collection point in your neighborhood, these will need to be delivered (by you or your neighbors) to a pre-designated food collection point. 
  • GHFB trucks will not be picking up food donations from any neighborhoods like previous years 
  • GHFB trucks will only be picking up food donations from these designated food collection points. 

Food Collection Points

We appreciate your excitement for our Pick-Up Day, and we thank you for your patience, — locations for Pick-Up Day will be announced soon!

Neighborhood Spooky Volunteers

For Neighborhood Spooky 2022, volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 1st. Volunteers will be needed from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This is “door hanger distribution day” for over 100 participating neighborhoods, in all counties (Aiken, Richmond, Columbia, etc.). Volunteers will walk door-to-door and distribute It’s Spooky To Be Hungry® door hangers.  

  • Volunteers should be comfortable walking door-to-door for 3-4 hours. 
  • Recommended age is at least 8 years old.  
  • Volunteers are welcome to bring their own wagons, bikes and golf carts, which have worked very well for this project in the past.  
  • Several neighborhoods will have steep, long driveways and might require volunteers walking 2-5 miles.  
    Neighborhood size will also vary. Some neighborhoods might have 100 houses while others have 800.  

Some participating neighborhoods will not know their specific volunteer need until the last minute. After we assess the volunteer need for each neighborhood, volunteers will receive their neighborhood assignments A FEW DAYS PRIOR to Saturday, October 1st. Each neighborhood will have a designated captain/coordinator, who will greet volunteers and give detailed instructions or a map of the neighborhood streets. We appreciate volunteers being flexible with their neighborhood assignments.  

To sign up, registered GHFB volunteers can self-schedule online and select their preferred county (Richmond, Columbia or Aiken). Volunteers who do not have a login to access the GHFB volunteer calendar can register for one here. 

Contact Us

Businesses, Churches & Civic Organizations
Melissa Osborne, Major Gifts Officer | mbrown@goldenharvest.org | 706-736-1199 ext. 217
Volunteers
Doressa Hawes, Volunteer Program Manager | dhawes@goldenharvest.org | 706-736-1199 ext. 227 or 706-267-0683
Neighborhoods & Schools
Nic Neal, Development Coordinator | nneal@goldenharvest.org | 706-736-1199 ext. 226
Media Contact
Priscilla Elliott, Media & Communications Coordinator | pelliott@goldenharvest.org | 706-736-1199 ext. 223