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Spooky Trails Continues Tradition of “Scaring Away Hunger” for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

Mark Hering (left) and Mike Murphy (right) of Spooky Trails with Katie Howicz of the Food Bank of Eastern Michgian.

For 12 years, Spooky Trails has “scared away hunger” on weekends in October by collecting food for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

This year’s food drive resulted in 2,644 pounds of food being collected – enough to provide 2,203 meals for people in need. Over the 12-year history of the Spooky Trails Food Drive, nearly 40,000 pounds of food has been collected for the hungry.

“In the fall and winter when temperatures rise and energy costs increase, the burdens on working families also grow,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “Support from partners like Spooky Trails is vital to the Food Bank. Each year, we are able to head into our holiday campaign with a significant amount of food to distribute to families thanks to the Spooky Trails Food Drive.”

Spooky Trails is one of the largest independent businesses to host an annual food drive for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.  Many local businesses assist by distributing coupons for Spooky Trails activities to help promote the food drive.

“We are proud to support the community and provide food for people in need each year,” said Mark Hering, owner of Spooky Trails. “It is a great feeling to provide family entertainment at Spooky Trails while at the same time encouraging our visitors to support people in need in our community.”


Spooky Trails is a 122 acre farm located on 8266 W. Baldwin Road (1/2 mile west of Morrish Road) in Gaines Township within Genesee County. It offers pumpkin picking hay rides, haunted hay rides, a corn maze, haunted corn field, and other scary displays. Visitors experience the fall fun and scares that have been the reputation of Spooky Trails while simultaneously helping those in need

Serving families in need since 1981, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan provides nearly 29 million pounds of food each year through more than 700 hunger relief partners in 22 eastern Michigan counties. These partners include local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries, schools, healthcare facilities, and service organizations that strive to feed more than 300,000 people who struggle with hunger each year.