The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10.
“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.”
Local Kroger stores are participating in the food drive with the Starlite Drive Kroger hosting a special collection event with Pepsi Company on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 and other organizations in the areas where they are collected, according to Lawson.
“The holidays are a time when people come together to support one another,” Lawson said. “Last year, 419,507 pounds of food were donated from individuals, businesses, school groups, social clubs, scout troops and civic organizations throughout the state. 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.”