ADVISORY – Serve & Connect announces $75,000 donation from AT&T to expand efforts to fight SC food insecurity through positive community policing

The fight against hunger in South Carolina is getting a major boost with the expansion of Greg’s Groceries. Launched three years ago by Serve & Connect, Greg’s Groceries provides boxes of non-perishable food which participating law enforcement agencies can share with individuals and families in need. Each box has enough food for a family of four for a week.

What:   As volunteers pack boxes of food for distribution by police departments across the state, Serve & Connect will accept a donation of  $75,000 from AT&T which will underwrite a significant expansion of the Greg’s Groceries program. The program is named in honor of  Officer Gregory Alia of the Forest Acres Police Department who lost his life in the line of duty on Sept. 30, 2015.

Visual opportunities include:

  • Ceremonial check-presentation
  • Comments by participating agencies
  • Volunteers packing boxes of food for distribution

Where: Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia (2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201).

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Remarks begin at 9 AM


  • Kassy Alia Ray, CEO & Founder, Serve & Connect
  • Lewis J. “Jackie” Swindler, Director of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy
  • Wendy Broderick, CEO, Harvest Hope
  • Chandra McPherson, Director of Victims Services, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Cameron Mortenson, Lexington Police Department    
  • Lieutenant Penny Lloyd, Camden Police Department 
  • Terrance Ford, AT&T South Carolina

For more information, contact:

Jenny Wooten McGill, Community Outreach Coordinator

p. 803-203-1773 e.