Group sees win in halting SC school's food drive

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 19, 2014 at 4:20 a.m.



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DORCHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A group watchful of church-state ties is claiming victory after challenging a South Carolina school's help for a church's food pantry.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/1zDRSGL ) students at Oakbrook Elementary School stopped collecting food and money for Old Fort Baptist Church's food pantry after a lawsuit threat. The American Humanist Association last month warned Dorchester District 2 officials that it appeared to favor a specific religion.

Students were raising money and donating food before Thanksgiving for the church's food pantry. The efforts were publicized on the school's website and in fliers supporting "Old Fort Baptist Missions."

The school district's attorney says the $100 raised and food collected was given to high schools for distribution to needy students instead of being donated to the church's food pantry.

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