Program supplies police with food boxes to give to those in need
Columbia, SC. (February 12, 2019) –Dominion Energy has awarded a $10,000 grant to Serve & Connect to support Greg’s Groceries. An initiative within Serve & Connect’s Compassionate Acts Program, Greg’s Groceries provides officers with boxes of nonperishable food to give to those in need. The grant will allow the program to expand to new departments, reaching more people statewide.
“Serve & Connect is committed to igniting positive change through police-community partnerships,” Kassy Alia Ray, CEO and Founder of Serve & Connect shared. “Greg’s Groceries provides an invaluable resource to help foster positive connections and trust between police and community that lead to community improvements. Thanks to the support from Dominion Energy, we will be able to expand the impact and reach of this critical resource.”
“We recognize many people in our communities struggle to afford the basics needed for a secure, healthy and productive life,” said Kristen Beckham, external affairs representative with Dominion Energy. “We also know that police officers often come into contact with those who are vulnerable and have opportunities to show kindness and compassion. By partnering with Serve & Connect, Dominion Energy is excited to give police officers in the Midlands groceries to help those in crisis.”
Greg’s Groceries was established in partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank. Each box of Greg’s Groceries provides approximately 21 servings; enough to help feed a family of four for a week. Boxes are distributed by police on calls, at community events, and through referrals. Since August 2018, over 1,200 boxes have been distributed to food insecure households in over 57 zip codes throughout the Midlands. Data collected indicates that the program is successful at building trust between police and the community.
Dominion Energy presented the check to Serve & Connect in February, joined by law enforcement partners and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
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About Dominion Energy
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with about $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 60 percent by 2030. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $35 million in 2018 to community causes. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.
About Serve & Connect
Serve & Connect is a nonprofit (501c3) organization committed to promoting community safety, resilience and well-being through transformative police and community partnerships. The goal of the organization is to ignite positive change by optimizing collaboration, elevating trust, and establishing shared pride between police, local organizations, leaders and citizens. Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. Learn more at https://serveandconnect.net/.