The University of South Carolina and Clemson University launched the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series Food Drive in a coordinated effort to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank and Golden Harvest Food Bank and tackle hunger within their communities. The winner of this matchup will be announced at the Clemson vs. South Carolina football game on November 26.
“It’s always great to see two rivals come together for a common cause in the Palmetto Series,” said Harvest Hope Food Bank CEO Denise Holland. “Having a canned food drive as part of the series is a great way to help everyone recognize and meet the needs of the hungry in our state. Seeing the schools’ appetite for victory turned into a drive to end hunger is a win for everyone involved. I’m excited to see what the students, fans and teams will do to help their neighbors who struggle with hunger on a daily basis.”
The university that raises the most donations in non-perishable foods by November 21 will earn a point for their school towards the 2016-17 Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series standings. Collected food donations between the two schools will be measured in pounds, and money donated will be converted to a number of pounds via an equation used by Harvest Hope and Golden Harvest.
“Golden Harvest is thrilled for another amazing year of the Palmetto Series Food Drive,” said Travis McNeal, executive director of Golden Harvest Food Bank. “We know the Clemson and USC students and fans have the grit and drive to change the world, and we’re excited to see our communities support their efforts to feed the hungry right here in South Carolina.”
In South Carolina, one in six South Carolina families struggles to find where the next meal will come from, and one in four children will go to bed hungry every night. By participating in the Palmetto Series Food Drive this month, Gamecock and Tiger fans alike will come together to fight the statewide battle of food insecurities and support Harvest Hope and Golden Harvest.
“Clemson family, we need you to get ready to give so that we can beat the Gamecocks and aid those one in four children that go to bed hungry every night,” said Clemson women’s soccer player Abby Jones. “Let’s stand together and make a difference October 31 to November 21.”
To participate in the food drive, the Upstate community is invited to donate canned goods at the following participating BI-LO stores:
Also, donations can be made at any of the on-campus collection points, including:
Clemson fans can also text HHFB Tigers to 501501 to donate $10. For additional program details and/or to donate online, click HERE.
“South Carolina’s farmers have dedicated their lives to feeding people,” said commissioner Hugh Weathers. “We work every day to help grow healthy food for families across the state and beyond. We’re honored to help fight the hunger issues across South Carolina and help put food on the tables of our neighbors in need.”
To learn more about the Palmetto Series, visit PalmettoSeries.com. You can also connect online with the Palmetto Series on Facebook (/PalmettoSeries), Twitter (@PalmettoSeries) and Instagram (@palmettoseries).
September 23, 2018