MURFREESBORO, Tenn.— Community members in Rutherford County are pitching in to say thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day by providing home-cooked meals.
Cop Stop is a group of volunteers who take turns providing a hot meal for law enforcement officers. The host families open their homes about to four to five times a month. The meals can happen at any time during the day– from a late night dinner to an early morning breakfast.
Mary York is the leader of the Cop Stop group in Murfreesboro, and she says that the best part of doing Cop Stops is getting to know the officers and letting them know their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
“<span class=”production-element”>I hope that it makes them feel appreciated, that we support them, that we care for them, and we’re willing to serve them because they serve us so well,” York explains.</span>
The officers that take advantage of the free food, like Austin Watson with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, says that it’s nice to <span class=”production-element”>have a meal with people and to get to know the community more.</span>
Cop Stops were started in Germantown, Tennessee, about three years ago by Mary York’s sister. Since that group was started, 36 communities and seven states have created organizations to feed officers.
If you are interested in getting involved with Cop Stop Rutherford County, email Mary York at email@example.com.