On Thursday, November 21st from 11AM-8PM at the Lexington Municipal Complex, and Sunday November 24th from 2-5PM at the City of Columbia’s All Star Baseball Field, Serve & Connect will host its 2nd Annual Bountiful Harvest in collaboration with our police partners, Lexington Police Department, Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The purpose of Bountiful Harvest is to draw together diverse partners to address critical community needs and strengthen connections among police, local resources, and residents.
Both events will include
- Free family-style meal for all
- Giveaways of 300 turkeys and fresh produce courtesy of Bi-Lo to worthy families
- Opportunities to learn about local resources and services
- Fun games, music and activities
- Opportunities for celebrating local community pride
- Opportunities to donate to local charities
Last year’s event, hosted by the Lexington Police Department, brought together nearly 500 people, provided fresh produce and non-perishable goods equalling over 6,400 meals, and fostered an estimated 2,235 connections between police, local services and resources, and residents. Expanding on last year’s success, the 2019 Bountiful Harvest will be hosted in two locations, including a new location in Columbia’s Booker Washington Heights neighborhood in addition to Lexington. Located in Columbia’s 29203 zip-code, the neighborhood includes several communities recognized for high need and high crime, including Colony Apartments and North Pointe Estates.
Lexington’s Bountiful Harvest
WHEN Thursday, November 21st 11AM-8PM
WHERE Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington, SC
Lexington Police Department, Bi-Lo, Habitat for Humanity, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, Harvest Hope Food Bank, La Vie Pregnancy Center, Courage Center, Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center; Donations will also be accepted for Mission Lexington (toiletries, canned goods) and Toys for Tots
Columbia’s Bountiful Harvest
WHEN Sunday, November 24th 2-5PM
WHERE All-Star Baseball Field, 4219 Lester Dr, Columbia, SC
Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, Bi-Lo, Habitat for Humanity, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Richland County Library, Comet, Midlands Tech, United Way of the Midlands; Donations will also be accepted for the North Pointe Food Pantry (children’s coats, clothes, canned goods)
These events are hosted through Serve and Connect’s Connected Community Events Program which is focused on promoting greater community safety through enhanced community partnerships. Police are a critical aspect of promoting community safety; yet, our police partners recognize they can’t do it alone. Most issues related to community safety are driven by non-criminal actions, such as hunger, poverty, trauma, and more. The Connected Communities Events Program is one strategy Serve & Connect employs to address the root causes that contribute to crime and disparities by cultivating enhanced police-community partnerships and a more connected community.