Food to be collected at state parks Saturday | News | The Press and Standard

by | July 21, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: July 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

State parks across South Carolina are hoping visitors and members of their surrounding communities will help them pack park trucks full of canned goods and other non-perishables to help address hunger.
Pack-A-Park-Truck events will be held at all 47 state parks in South Carolina on Saturday, July 23, including Colleton State Park at Canadys and Rivers Bridge State Historic Site near Ehrhardt.  The event is part of the Park Service’s “Hunger Takes No Vacation” food drive, a 5-month-long collaborative effort with the S.C. Food Bank Association that ends after Thanksgiving. The goal for Saturday is to completely fill park trucks with unopened, non-perishable food items and to raise awareness about the year-round struggle with hunger. The parks will donate all contributions to their local food banks.
“We’re inviting our local communities, as well as people who are camping with us, staying with us in cabins, simply visiting with us for the day, or vacationing nearby to help us fill these park trucks with donations that can help feed the needy and hungry,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.
The most requested items for the food drive are canned vegetables, canned meats, dry goods, peanut butter, beans, toiletries, diapers, detergents and plastic bags.
The four members of the South Carolina Food Bank Association are: Lowcountry Food Bank, serving Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg counties; Golden Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, which serve the rest of the state.
For more information on “Pack-A-Park-Truck” and the food drive, contact Dawn Dawson-House, Director of Corporate Communications at SCPRT, at ddawson@scprt.com or 803-734-1779.

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