Sumter Police Department to Sponsor 2nd Annual “Mile for a Meal” Hunger Awareness Walk | Community Spirit
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, mouths are beginning to water with thoughts of turkey and all the trimmings. Many in our community however, will struggle to find any food at all. On Monday, November 19, 2012 the Sumter Police Department will sponsor Mile for a Meal, a community walking event and food drive to benefit local Sumter food pantries for the less fortunate. From 9am-1pm, the public is invited to join the department by donating canned food items and walk a mile around the Sumter Mall to raise awareness of hunger locally and help ensure every citizen in Sumter has a hot meal on Thanksgiving.
“Most of us are able to look forward to the holidays without concern of hunger. Mile for a Meal will make that possible for all citizens of Sumter,” said Police Chief Russell Roark. “We want to encourage everyone - businesses, faith based groups, families, and individuals to come donate non-perishable food items and walk with us as we give back to our community before we give thanks.”
For those not able to attend, but wish to contribute; non-perishable food donations will be accepted at all local Sumter area Piggly Wigglys. Donations can also be made at the Sumter Police Department located at 107 E. Hampton Avenue. For additional information on how you or your group can participate or assist with Mile for a Meal, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit of the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2723.