Kentucky State Police are once again participating in the annual Cram the Cruiser event to help feed area families this holiday season.

Collection started Tuesday and runs through Monday, Dec. 6. 

Cram the Cruiser is a statewide effort hosted by all 16 KSP posts, and the collected food is distributed to local food banks, shelters, churches and other organizations. 

KSP Sgt. Josh Lawson

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Josh Lawson stands in front of a cruiser with food donations at Kroger East in Frankfort in this 2019 State Journal file photo. 

Throughout the food drive, troopers will be staged at grocery and retail stores accepting items including 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, including Post 12 on Louisville Road.

“The holidays can be tough for families, but one area that should not be stressful is having the ability to sit down together and share a meal,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “My administration is committed to fighting hunger and helping to ensure that no family in Kentucky goes to bed hungry. I appreciate KSP for caring for all Kentuckians not just by protecting their lives but serving them so their most basic need is met.”

A simultaneous statewide signature event is planned on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in each post area as the final push for the campaign.

Cram the Cruiser

Capt. Paul Blanton, KSP Public Affairs Commander said Cram the Cruiser has become a friendly competition among posts to see who gathers the most food. In 2019, KSP collected 473,235 pounds (236 tons) of food, with Post 16 Henderson topping everyone at 60,925 pounds collected. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the food drive was canceled in 2020.

“Some of our troopers get creative during these events,” Blanton added. “They partner with their retail store to host hotdog stands, play holiday music and bring in Santa Claus himself to make the day more festive.”

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