Saturday is the last day to collect canned food in area neighborhoods for Golden Harvest Food Bank’s It’s Spooky to be Hungry drive.


Gem Lakes, Woodside Plantation, Trolley Run Station and Houndslake, among dozens of other neighborhoods, have been collecting items for the food drive during the month of October and, on Saturday, will host final collections in their neighborhoods.


Captains were appointed in each neighborhood and provided with the materials they needed to organize efforts in their respective areas.


Residents have been encouraged to leave canned goods in a conspicuous place for collection.


It’s Spooky to be Hungry is the largest food drive in which Golden Harvest participates, said Mille Robinson, Golden Harvest events coordinator.


Cedar Creek recently donated more than 2,600 pounds of food, she said.


The food drive will continue through Oct. 31 with donations being accepted at the food bank’s distribution warehouses, participating businesses or churches.


Last year, Golden Harvest collected more than 129,000 pounds of food and $56,000. That permitted Golden Harvest to provide more than 196,115 meals to needy seniors, children and families.


This year, for the first time, Golden Harvest partnered with downtown Aiken businesses to solicit monetary and food donations. Collection barrels have been placed in many downtown shops and are awaiting donations.


Online donations are accepted, as well. Every $1 donated equals $5 of distributed food to the less fortunate.


For more information, visit www.spookytobehungry.org or call (706) 736-1199.