COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - 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 tackle hunger within their communities.
The University that raises the most donations in non-perishable foods by Nov. 23 will earn a point for their school towards the 2015-2016 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.
"What makes a great rivalry is competition and passion," Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, said. "The one thing that the Palmetto Series CarolinaCan /ClemsonCan Food Drive is going to do is give us a place we can agree. That is that sports fans are helping so many people in need who are suffering with hunger issues on a daily basis."
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.
To participate in the food drive, South Carolinians are invited to visit any of the on-campus collection points at the two Universities – or visit www.harvesthope.org and click 'EVENTS' for more program details and/or to donate online.
In addition, there will also be on-site collection opportunities at:
Tiger Tailgate Shows (located outside of Doug Kingsmore Stadium's Chapman Grandstands)
- 11/7 vs. FSU (show will be from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
- 11/21 vs. Wake Forest (TBA – show will begin three hours prior to kick-off)
Gamecock Village (opens 4.5 hours before kick-off; located at the intersection of Bluff Road and National Guard Road)
- 11/14 vs. UF
- 11/21 vs. The Citadel
"South Carolina's farmers dedicate 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."
The winner of this match-up will be announced at the Clemson vs. Carolina football game on Nov. 28.
To learn more about the Palmetto Series and/or the Food Drive, visit www.palmettoseries.com. You can also connect online with the Palmetto Series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.