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Food needed to fill truck

Only a few grocery items sat in the bed of a truck belonging to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism on Saturday at the kickoff the annual “Pack-A-Park-Truck” event. The 5-month-long event is designed to collect food for the S.C. Food Bank Association. You can donate food items until Thanksgiving. The goal is to fill the back of the truck, which is sitting inside Colleton State Park along Highway 15.

By Heather Walters

Saturday marked the beginning of “Pack-A-Park-Truck,” a near five-month-long event designed to help fill the S.C. Food Bank Association food pantry.
As of early Saturday afternoon, only a few grocery items sat in the back of the S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism truck. The truck will be at the Colleton State Park from now until the day after Thanksgiving, waiting to be filled with non-perishable food items.
Anyone wanting to donate can come into the park and leave the groceries in the back of the truck, with the effort aimed primarily at those either using the grounds for camping or recreational day-use.
The statewide hunger-elimination project is happening now at all of South Carolina’s 47 state parks, with the theme that “Hunger Takes No Vacation.” Locally, it is as the Colleton State Park, which is located along the Edisto River at S.C. Highway 15.
All food items put into the truck by campers and Colleton residents will be donated to the S.C. Food Bank Association, which will then distribute the food statewide as needed.
“We’re inviting our local communities, as well as people who are camping with us … or vacationing nearby to help us fill these park trucks with donations that can help feed the needy and hungry,” Phil Gaines, Director of the South Carolina State Park Service, said in a written statement to The State Newspaper.
According to national statistics, more than 860,000 South Carolina residents are living below the poverty line. This means that a family of four are living off of a combined household income of $23,550 or less. These statistics are based on 2013 numbers.
State statistics also indicate that more women in the Palmetto State are likely to be living with hunger than male South Carolinians.
Locally, about 26 percent of all Colleton County residents are living in poverty, according to state statistics. This equates to about 8,277 Colletonians. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a subsidy of the S.C. Food Bank Association, and is the agency that provides food for Colleton County residents.
For more information on “Pack-A-Park-Truck” and the food drive, contact Denise Holland, president of the SC Food Bank Association, at [email protected] or by calling the S.C. Food Bank Association at 803-254-4432.

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