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Volunteers get ready to scare away hunger

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Get ready for Spooky Saturday.

Volunteers for ''It's Spooky to be Hungry" will canvass parts of Columbia County on Saturday, collecting food, nonperishable items and cash for the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

''Because their dollar stretches so far, for every dollar that is donated, they can purchase and distribute $8 in food," said Evelyn Browne, program chairwoman.

This year, Browne said, there's an emphasis on gathering diapers and baby wipes. But all items are appreciated.

''Golden Harvest is desperately in need this year," she said. ''It's been an unusually difficult year for them this year."

The Spooky Saturday program is in its seventh year in the Augusta area and covers 80 subdivisions and neighborhoods in Columbia, Richmond and Aiken counties.

The all-volunteer, grass-roots, neighborhood-based food drive fights hunger while helping build community. Last year more than 25,000 pounds of food and more than $13,000 were collected in more than 65 neighborhoods.

''We started in three neighborhoods seven years ago, and it just grew and grew," Browne said.

For more information, call 863-5863.

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