"The fresher, the better, in my opinion," says Bonita Clemons, farmer and founder of FarmaSis, a Black women's farming empowering group.
Clemons says fresh produce from local farms can help strengthen a community.
"I think it's so important when it comes to nutrition, to eat food that's grown as close to us as possible," Clemons says. "We know that when the food is harvested, that's when the nutrition value starts to decrease. We also know that fresh fruits and vegetables, that's the first line of defense for your health."
More than 500 boxes of locally-grown collard greens, turnips, cabbage, kale and peaches will be given out for free.
Last year, the Save-A-Lot grocery store, on Harden Street in Columbia, closed its doors, leaving the surrounding community with less food access.
Ashley Page with the Columbia Food Policy Committee says events like these let citizens know that they have access to fresh food, especially during a pandemic.
"Before COVID-19, food insecurity and food access was a big issue, certainly for Bonita and us at the Food Policy Committee and other organizations," Page says. "With COVID-19, when we talk to folks, their top two issues are food access and housing. So we wanted to do this event to let the community know that we love them and we're in it with them."
The event will allow for drive-thru access, so families don't have to get out of their cars to pick up the produce.