COGIC Urban Initiatives, The Empowered Church COGIC and the Urban League collaborated with several other partners to provide food to those in need in the St. Louis Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Operating Officer of The Church of God in Christ, Bishop Edwin C. Bass, who also pastors The Empowered Church COGIC and is the President of COGIC Urban Initiatives. When asked about the efforts today, Bishop Bass said, “The response was so great that the 1100 boxes of food went very quickly. COGIC Urban Initiatives collaboration in this effort was made at the direction of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, he has consistently been vested in meeting the needs of people.” Bishop Bass continues to explore ways that the church, through COGIC Urban Initiatives can be a blessing during this perilous time.