COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The city of Columbia is in the spirit of giving. Local authorities, including the Columbia Police Department and South Carolina DHEC, have partnered with Serve and Connect to distribute groceries to people across the metro area.

It is the first time that Serve and Connect and other local organizations have joined forces for a mission of this kind. Organizers of today’s food delivery say that strengthening community ties was today’s theme.

It’s community in action as local agencies and organizations came together to deliver not just food but a sense of gratitude to those in need.

For the Columbia Police Department, Thanksgiving Day was another opportunity to bridge gaps between law enforcement and the people they protect.

Officer Dylan Barfield of the Columbia Police Department says, “It’s just nice to go out into the community and build that partnership between the police and the community because we’re like any other member of the community, it’s just our job to be here .”

The plan was to deliver food to homebound residents, families in need, and those without shelter at this time of year. With 50 volunteers ready to get to work, they started the day by packing hundreds of meals.

“Serving and connecting, we are an organization of connection and partnership, and we love to rise. It is our joy to highlight and help shine the good that exists in our communities, and that is what it is really about. All the good is already happening, but we’re just creating a space to work together as one team and one community,” said Kassy Alia Ray, Founder and CEO of Serve and Connect.

And as a team, they set off for the delivery. CPD taking out the first few meals. The Serve and Connect site coordinator says Thursday’s mission was just one of many. The organization has been working all week to give back.

“It’s a whole week of action aimed at touching neighborhoods and residents across northern Colombia in many different ways and showing them support and caring, and that’s what the whole week was about,” said Erica Staley, Columbia site coordinator.

Serve and Connect and its partners wrapped and delivered 200 hot meals today, and while this was their first meal delivery, Serve and Connect CEO and Founder Kassy Alia Ray says they plan to add this meal delivery to their list of annual meal distributions.

Also serve and connect delivered meals to people in Florence and Orangeburg counties.

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