PICKENS — The seventh annual Food Fight Bowl might be over, but the fundraising efforts between local area high schools won’t be over until mid-September.
Easley and Pickens, the two traditional participants in the Meals on Wheels fundraising event, are joined this year by Daniel and Liberty high schools.
“We serve all of Pickens County, not just Pickens and Easley,” said Meta Bowers, director of Pickens County Meals on Wheels. “It’s been great to have these schools jump in to be a part of this.”
Easley might have defeated Pickens 52-7 for the actual bowl game this year, but as far as the fundraising campaign goes, Pickens has dominated for six of the past seven years.
Together, and with other contributors donations, the campaign raised $29,671 last year.
“This is our major fundraiser, certainly the largest,” said Bowers. “Our goal is $30,000. That will pay for 6,000 meals.”
Dwayne Goodwin was at the game to present a $5,000 check to the charity organization from Sav-a-Lot food stores.
“This is the third year we’ve been involved with the Food Fight Bowl,” Goodwin said during the check presentation. “I’m excited to be a part of this. It’s such a great cause.”
Goodwin owns four area Sav-a-Lots, and also is on the board of directors for Pickens County Meals on Wheels.
The winning school will be announced Sept. 18 after all the donations have been tallied up.
“I think it’s going to be pretty close this year,” said Bowers. “These kids really get into this and take a lot of pride in their efforts.”
For more information on Pickens County Meals on Wheels or to make a donation in the name of a particular school, call 864-855-3770 or visit pcmow.org.