FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for its ninth annual “Cram the Cruiser” holiday food drive on Wednesday.
Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec. 10.
Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region offices throughout the state as well as the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort.
KSP is also teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi for special collection events on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a dozen Kroger stores throughout the state.
“Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” says KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where it does not exist. Through this program, we have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of our neighbors and participate in the spirit of the season.”
Suggested donations include non-expired canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices.
The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations in the areas where they are collected says Lawson.
“The holidays are a time when people come together to support one another. Last year, 419,507 pounds of food were donated from individuals, businesses, school groups, social clubs, scout troops and civic organizations throughout the state,” he notes. “Feeding our neighbors is a noble cause, but it takes a team effort. Together we can take a stand against hunger and help make the holidays bright for families in need this year.”
Visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org for a listing of the locations.