PICKENS — The seventh annual Meals on Wheels Sam Wyche Food Fight Bowl, presented by Save-A-Lot of Pickens, will take place at the Pickens High School stadium at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.
Since 1923, Pickens and Easley High Schools have enjoyed a rivalry that is widely known as one of the fiercest in South Carolina. On the night of the big game the football teams will compete for ownership of the coveted “Food Fight Bowl” trophy, a prestigious award made from the top of Coach Sam Wyche’s 1988 NFL Coach of the Year trophy.
Easley has proven itself a winner on the field over the last three years. Last year, Coach Grayson Howell secured his first rival victory win. Pickens and Easley and teams are now tied 3-3 on the field.
The event will begin with a pre-game check presentation by Save-A-Lot Food Store of Pickens. For a third straight year, they will add $5,000 to the school’s combined fundraising totals, aiding them in their support of Pickens County Meals on Wheels.
“We are committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate, offering quality foods and customer savings to both Pickens and Easley shoppers,” said Dwayne Goodwin, president and CEO of Goodwin Holdings Group.
In 2008, the Meals on Wheels – Food Fight Bowl was designed to harness the rivalry between Easley and Pickens into a signature fundraising event for Pickens County Meals on Wheels. In its six year history, Easley and Pickens High Schools have competed for rights to the “Ultimate Food Fight” trophy by raising money for Meals on Wheels.
Pickens High School has proven itself as a tough competitor with its 5-0-1 record off the field. Since its inception, the event has grown to be the largest fundraising event for Pickens County Meals on Wheels having raised a total of $156,604, the equivalent of 31,321 meals.
This year, the competition will change as all four Pickens County high schools — Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens — compete for rights to the “Ultimate Food Fight” trophy.
Student bodies from Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens will have until 4 p.m. Sept. 19 to meet their fundraising goals. The school that raises the most money will be awarded the rotating “Ultimate Food Fight” trophy and bragging rights at half-time of their next home game.
This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000, the equivalent of 6,000 meals. To date, each school has been credited with $3,125 toward their fundraising goal.
“We are excited about the changes to this year’s event,” says Meta Bowers, executive director of Meals on Wheels. “The students are always so creative and do a tremendous job. All the money raised will stay here in Pickens County and will be used to feed and care for our seniors.”