Baker Creek State Park
863 Baker Creek RD | McCormick, SC 29835 | Phone: 864-443-2457 |

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Hunger Takes No Vacation

Heading out to a South Carolina State Park?  Pack a little extra.

We are partnering with the South Carolina Food Bank Association in a 6-month long food drive to help fill pantries and feed the hungry. The program “Hunger Takes No Vacation” invites you to drop off unopened, non-perishable food items and goods, especially those left over from vacations and trips, to collection bins at nearby state parks. The parks will send those donations to the official food bank in their region.

The statewide effort began Memorial Day weekend, and will end Thursday, Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving. A special “Pack a Park Truck” event will be held on July 22 to drive up more awareness and donations.

The most requested items are:  canned vegetables, canned meats, dry goods, peanut butter, beans, toiletries, diapers, detergents and plastic bags.

You may drop off your donations at collection boxes located in each park.  For more information, contact the park office or ranger station of the park you are planning to visit.

The four members of the South Carolina Food Bank Association are:

  • Golden Harvest Food Bank, serving Abbeville, Allendale, Aiken, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, and Pickens counties;
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank, serving Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties;
  • Lowcountry Food Bank, serving Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg counties; and
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, serving Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union, and York counties.

More than 860,000 South Carolinians lived below the poverty threshold in 2013, which is about 18.6 percent of the population or 1 in 5.4 people. The national average is 15.8 percent or 1 in 6.3 people.

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