Starting Saturday, groups of people will go door to door in Columbia County neighborhoods collecting edible items, but they aren't seeking Halloween candy.
Residents wishing to participate in the 17th annual It's Spooky to be Hungry food drive will need to have nonperishable food donations ready between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
A small number of subdivisions will participate on Oct. 29, said It's Spooky to be Hungry Coordinator Millie Robinson.
Each participating neighborhood is assigned a captain, who will distribute fliers to give homeowners a heads-up before the collection date, Robinson said.
"If they're not going to be home, they can always leave their donation in a bag outside their front door," she said. "Nobody will ring the doorbell and bother them."
The food drive is part of Golden Harvest Food Bank's mission to feed hungry families and individuals in Augusta and surrounding areas.
In 2010, the drive garnered 125,000 pounds of food and more than $57,000 throughout the area.
"The need is always there," Robinson said. "I think there's a special focus during the holidays, but I think it seems this time of year, there are more people willing with the holidays approaching."
More than 100 neighborhoods in Columbia County participated last year, and Robinson expects at least that many again this year.
Some subdivisions taking part in the drive are West Lake, Jones Creek, Knob Hill, Tudor Branch and Petersburg Station.
Robinson said volunteers are needed to help with food collection, pickup and unloading.
"This year, we would especially appreciate anyone with a truck or a large vehicle to assist in transporting what's collected to the food bank," she said.
After the drive has concluded, Robinson said volunteers can post pictures to the It's Spooky to be Hungry Facebook page.
The winning photograph will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Golden Harvest Food Bank's newsletter.
For information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Robinson at (706) 736-1199, ext. 229, or email@example.com.