OAKLAND -- The Salvation Army and 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence support group COPE are teaming up to help families in the Bay Area who are dealing with grief.

COPE will begin weekly meetings starting 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 2794 Garden St., Oakland.

In addition to receiving free counseling and support, a free food box will also be available for families who attend the meeting. COPE is open to fathers, mothers, children, relatives and friends.

For more information, contact Lorrain Taylor at 510-583-0100 or email her at Mothers1000@aol.com.