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Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police Announce Statewide 'Cram the Cruiser' Food Drive

Kentuckians encouraged to help combat hunger in local communities Nov. 21 - Dec. 4

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2023) – Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) announced the annual statewide ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive to help combat hunger in local communities. This initiative, hosted by all 16 KSP Posts, aims to collect essential food items to brighten the holiday season for those in need. Food collection will run from November 21 through December 4.

“The holiday season is a when we recommit to helping our neighbors and giving back to our community,” said Gov. Beshear. “I encourage those Kentuckians who can, to spread holiday cheer to those in need by participating in our ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive.”

Troopers will be stationed at various grocery and retail stores across the state, ready to accept donations of non-perishable food items. These items included 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. Food items may also be dropped off at local post locations.

A simultaneous statewide signature event is planned on Friday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in each post area as the final push for the campaign. All food items collected stay in the communities where the contributions were made.

“This event has a special place in our hearts. We are committed to serving the people of Kentucky in every way we can,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. “With the holidays approaching, it becomes even more crucial to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious meals.”

In 2022, KSP collected 218,362 pounds of food, with Post 16 collecting the most donations at 142,553 pounds.

To find specific locations and further details about the ‘Cram the Cruiser’ holiday food drive, visit the KSP website.

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