The competitors is heating up within the Greenwood Metropolis and County Meals Drive, because the police division is beginning a brand new drive to gather donations at shops throughout town.
After all, the actual winners of the competitors are the ravenous people of Greenwood County, because the meals drive after runs till January 25, earlier than donating the proceeds to native charities that handle meals insecurity. This yr there’s a deal with canned greens and peanut butter and jelly since Greenwood Soup Kitchen switched to offering bagged meals to keep away from having a crowded eating room amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are such a lot of people who find themselves sadly having bother,” stated Interim Police Chief TJ Chaudoin. “Individuals are going by way of powerful instances and it is a part of our job on the police division. That is the serving a part of defending and serving. “
To that finish, the police division can have officers at native grocery shops to gather donations and ask consumers to contemplate donating. The primary shall be from midday to three pm Sunday on the Meals Lion at 2551 Freeway 25 South.
“We can have police automobiles parked outdoors and prepared, and folks can cease by and drop donations after they depart the shop or enter,” stated Police Public Data Officer Jonathan Hyperlink.
The subsequent shall be from 9 a.m. to midday Tuesday at Walmart at 300 Bypass 25 NE, then the third from 9 a.m. to midday at Meals Lion 1605 Bypass 72 E.
Chaudoin stated that is one other manner for officers to satisfy individuals and work together with their group with out anybody having to dial 911. Officers have been spearheading organizing and establishing meals drive drives, and he stated he’s happy with everybody concerned by stepping up.
“I believe this yr’s meals drive has been extra vital than in earlier years due to the final 9 months,” Hyperlink stated. “There are loads of completely different charities and loads of completely different ways in which individuals may also help, however that is one thing that’s straight fed again to the Greenwood group.”
Individuals may also donate at Metropolis Corridor, 520 Monument St., throughout regular enterprise hours. Individuals can name 864-942-8422 to have somebody meet them within the car parking zone and settle for donations as an alternative of strolling in.
And whereas the guts of the meals drive helps these in want, Chaudoin stated it feels good to have employees devoted to beating the county this yr, on condition that town has misplaced the meals drive lately.
“We’re bringing residence the trophy can of corn, there is no query about that,” he laughed.
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