Law enforcement step up to provide food for those suffering during the pandemic

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The $600 of additional unemployment benefits ran out this week for millions of Americans, including in Shelby County.

We found out that with the help of a local church, law enforcement reminded the Raleigh community they’re there to protect and serve.

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“It is such a blessing,” said Lashonda Bell, food giveaway recipient.

Fresh produce during a time of great need.

“Oh, my goodness, I’m going to take them to my cousins and them,” Bell said. Give them to my auntie. I’m just going to pass them out.”

Memphis Police, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were at the Greater Imani Church Saturday morning passing out dozens of boxes of fresh produce to Raleigh residents.

“We are just trying to meet a need,” said Rhonda Hurst, Executive Pastor of Greater Imani Church of The Cathedral of Faith. “We are just trying to make sure families, at a time when unemployment benefits are running out, we are just trying to make sure people have food on the table.”

Lt. William Futrell with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said service is what law enforcement is sworn to do.

“We have to build this trust with the community that we are here in a good way,” Lt. Futrell said. “There are good officers out here that want to give instead of just dealing with bad stuff that’s going on around the world.”

“There’s so much going on in the streets these days,” Bell said. “I hope people come out and see what a great job they’re doing. I just thank god this morning.”

The boxes were full of produce farmers weren’t able to sell due to the pandemic.

“My kids can eat it,” said Sheteria Snyder, food giveaway recipient. “They love grapes and apples and everything, so it feels good to have it.”

“To see the faces of people I know and love giving out to this community I live in, it’s an awesome thing,” said Helen Miller, receiving food.

Greater Imani said they plan to host this food drive every week.

You don’t have to be a Raleigh resident to participate.

Partnering with Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies to give free produce boxes.

Grace United Methodist Church at 1619 East Raines Rd. is planning to start holding these events every Thursday.

Free Boxes that are not for resale:

Greater Imani Church of The Cathedral of Faith

3824 Austin Peay Highway Memphis, TN 38128

(901)-274-6711 or (901)-601-1661