Palmetto Series Food Drive Kicks Off to Benefit Harvest Hope and Golden Harvest

November 12, 2019

Palmetto Series Food Drive Kicks Off to Benefit Harvest Hope and Golden Harvest

The University of South Carolina and Clemson University kick-off the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series Food Drive today 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 match-up will be announced at the Clemson vs. Carolina football game on November 30, 2019.

“We are proud to champion South Carolina’s farmers who give so much to ensure fresh food for so many, and to join in the fight against hunger in South Carolina,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. 

During the next two home Gamecock football games, fans can drop off canned goods at the radio stage inside Gamecock Village (across from Williams-Brice Stadium) before the Vanderbilt (opens at 3 p.m.) and Appalachian State (opens at 2:30 p.m.) games or donate at various spots around campus and at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road location.

The University that raises the most donations in non-perishable foods by November 22 will earn a point for their school towards the 2018-19 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.

“Gamecock fans have a history of passionate giving to charity and helping those less fortunate,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner.  “The Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series Food Drive is a fun way to display that generosity as part of this rivalry.”

In South Carolina, one in six people struggle to find where the next meal will come from, and one in five children will go to bed hungry every night. By participating in the Palmetto Series Food Drive, Gamecock and Tiger fans alike will come together to fight the statewide battle of food insecurities and support Harvest Hope and Golden Harvest.

“In times of need, our state always comes together to help our neighbors. The Palmetto Series is a spirited way to provide hope around the dinner table regardless of what team you pull for on the field,” said Wendy Broderick, Harvest Hope Food Bank CEO. “Thousands of South Carolinians will benefit thanks to the generosity of both Gamecock and Tiger fans!”

Gamecock fans are also invited to visit to donate online. 

To learn more about the Palmetto Series, visit You can also connect online with the Palmetto Series on Facebook (@PalmettoSeries), Twitter (@PalmettoSeries) and Instagram (@PalmettoSeries).

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