‘Firefighters Feeding Families’ Returns For Third Year Collecting Food for area Needy

Leading up to the Christmas holiday members of the Columbia-Richland Fire Department will be mounting their seasonal campaign to help feed the less fortunate.

The third annual ‘Firefighters Feeding Families Holiday Food Drive’ will culminate with a community collection day on Friday December 16, 2022 at CRFD Headquarters. Area citizens are encouraged to swing by the department’s fire museum that day and in the days leading up to it with donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items. From there donations will be sorted, bagged and distributed to citizens facing food needs this holiday season.

‘Firefighters Feeding Families’ entered its second year last December. By the time the campaign ended roughly 200 households in the Columbia area were provided food through donations.

‘Firefighters Feeding Families’ 2021

“The success of this campaign is entirely made possible thanks to donations from our citizens and community partners,” said Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins, “This year we once again hope the public will be as generous as possible to help us give area families in need adequate holiday meals.”

Examples of non-perishable items that can be dropped off for the drive include:

  • Canned meats and tuna
  • Canned potatoes, vegetables and fruits
  • Pasta and rice products
  • Canned pasta
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Cereals
  • Canned and dry beans
  • Pasta sauces
  • Nuts and dried fruits

ALL FOOD DONATED MUST NOT BE PAST EXPIRATION. CITZENS ARE ENCORUAGED TO CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES ON ITEMS BEFORE DROPPING THEM OFF.

All collected items will go directly to support area families in needs. Citizens needing food assistance can call the department Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.) at 803-545-3700. Messages can be left at that number.

For further information on the campaign, contact PIO Mike DeSumma at 803-413-8555 or by sending an email to michael.desumma@columbiasc.gov.