Greenville County cross country
Photo provided by Hillcrest XC

High school cross-country teams from across the Upstate joined forces recently to collect more than 10,000 cans of food during Hillcrest High School’s annual Canned Food 5K.

Assistant cross-country coach Ashley Reid says admission to the race was one or more cans of food, “so instead of charging we ask for a donation. And then there’s a little competition (for) which school can (collect) the most cans, so our kids really spirited up. Hillcrest’s total was around 5,000.”

All together, the 23 participating cross-country teams collected more than 10,000 cans of food.

All of the food from the Hillcrest team was donated to Golden Strip Emergency Relief, a division of the Center for Community Services in Simpsonville. Other teams donated to community food pantries near their respective schools.

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