The Richland County Democratic Party wants to help ease the burden of food insecurity in Richland County and help prepare citizens to vote on November 3.

From 1 – 3 pm on Labor Day, September 7, the party is sponsoring Drive-Thru Democracy – a food and voter registration drive.

“This event is about responding to a crisis. In the short term, we need to get food to people who are struggling. But in the long-term, we need to turn this ship around, which means voting,” said Matt Kisner, Chairman of the Richland County Democratic Party.

Drive-Thru Democracy will feature a non-perishable food drive, voter registration, absentee voting information and local candidates who are running for office. RCDP will have 11 sites throughout Richland County and will be practicing CDC guidelines, including wearing masks.

The party is preparing for people to drive through in their vehicles to drop off their food donations.

Food from the drive will be distributed to several sites, including: Blythewood Christian Assistance Bridge, Columbia Housing Authority, Christian Bridge Food Bank and Sharing God’s Love.

The local sites for the food drive drop off, by region of the county, are:


• Friendship Baptist Church, 2604 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins
• Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway, Columbia


Rehoboth Baptist Church, 4646 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia
The Grill at 301, 301 Rice Meadow Way, Columbia
North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road, Columbia

North Main

• Red Rooster, 7500 Wilson Boulevard, Columbia


• Macedonia Baptist Church, 1150 Lake Murray Boulevard, Irmo
• Right Directions, 3506 Broad River Road, Columbia

Metro Columbia

• Bethel AME Church, 819 Woodrow Street, Columbia
• Celia Saxon Shopping Center, 2012 Harden Street, Columbia
• Midlands Technical College, 316 S. Beltline Boulevard, Columbia

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