(LEX 18) — The Kentucky State Police kicked off their annual "Cram the Cruiser" holiday food drive on Monday.
The campaign will go through Dec. 9 and helps give non-perishable items to families in need throughout Kentucky.
"Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem," said KSP spokesperson Sergeant 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."
KSP will be teaming up with Kroger and Pepsi on Dec. 8 for special collection events. These events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various grocery stores across the state. For more information on the special collection events, click here.
Suggested donates include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Non-expired canned fruits and vegetables
- Canned meat
- Macaroni and cheese
- Peanut butter
- Canned soups
- Chili or spaghetti sauce
- Brownie and cake mixes
- Powdered milk and juices
The food will be taken to local shelters, churches or 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. Last year, nearly 243,000 pounds of food were donated from individuals, businesses, school groups, social clubs, scout troops and civic organizations throughout the state," Lawson said.
If you would like to donate, drop off non-perishable items to your local KSP Post.