“Cram the Cruiser” raises more than 200 tons of food for Kentucky families

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police raised more than 236 tons of food to help families in need during its 10th annual Cram the Cruiser food drive.

“I am heartened by the incredible acts of charitable service and generosity by our fellow citizens who make the success of this project possible,” Sergeant Josh Lawson says.

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Throughout the years, State Police say the campaign turned into a friendly competition among KSP posts. This year, Post 16 in Owensboro took top honors, with a total of 60,925 pounds of food collected.

“It is motivating to see the community donate to Cram the Cruiser each year,” Post Commander Captain Brenton Ford says. “Local businesses, schools, organizations and individuals gave an unprecedented amount of food and canned goods this year.”

KSP started the program in 2010 to help needy families in its local post and region areas. Since then, the agency has contributed nearly two million pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches throughout the Commonwealth. In the past few years corporate partners, such as Kroger and G&J Pepsi, have the adopted the program.