Columbia, SC - Serve & Connect is celebrating five years of its annual “Feed An Officer” campaign by announcing a record number of participating local restaurants. The volunteer-led campaign is an annual effort that rallies community support for local law enforcement via donations collected through local restaurants. After the collection drive, the funds will provide numerous police stations with either a catered lunch or a gift certificate on December 16, 2019
The campaign runs November 24 - December 8. During the two-week campaign, donations can be made at many participating restaurants across the county.
Every year since 2015, the Feed An Officer Campaign has engaged the community to provide an average of 500 lunches and more than $8,000 in gift certificates to local restaurants to thank law enforcement officers throughout the Midlands. The Greg Alia Day was founded by Serve & Connect CEO Kassy Alia Ray and is named after her late husband Greg Alia, a Forest Acres officer killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. . Recognized on December 14th in Richland County and the City of Forest Acres, Greg Alia Day is a day to remember police officer Alia and the sacrifice he made.
“Through Serve & Connect, we focus on the critical importance of community safety partnerships for cultivating thriving communities,” shared Alia Ray. “Every day, police throughout our community are going above and beyond to make our communities better, safer places to live. Our annual Feed An Officer campaign in recognition of Greg Alia Day is a way to say thank you by serving those who serve us.”
As the campaign enters its fifth year, restaurant owners reflect on what participating means to them. “We participate in the Feed an Officer campaign because we believe that supporting those that serve our community on a daily basis is important,” shared Anastasia Manos, owner of Zesto of West Columbia and Feed An Officer Campaign team member. “It’s a small thing to do for those that do so much to keep us safe. I really like that we support officers at the city, county, and state level including on college campuses and at the airport. Those departments are often forgotten and under-appreciated.”
Community members can also get involved in the campaign by volunteering to deliver meals to locate departments on December 16th or by donating online. Learn more by visiting https://serveandconnect.net/feed-an-officer-campaign/.