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Kentucky State Police collecting food items for annual drive

Troopers will be at grocery and retail stores accepting products like canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat and macaroni and cheese.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Editor's Note: Video and image above are from KSP's 2019 "Cram the Cruiser" Food Drive.

Kentucky State Police have started collecting donated nonperishable food items for families in need during the holidays.

“Cram the Cruiser” is going on at all 16 state police posts. 

State police said collected food is distributed to food banks, shelters, churches and other groups. 

The drive started on Tuesday, Nov. 23 and continues until Dec. 6.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Nov. 23 to help fight hunger by participating in the food drive.

"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,” 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," he said in a news release.

Troopers will be at grocery and retail stores accepting products like canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat and macaroni and cheese.

Food items may also be dropped off at local police posts. 

Public Affairs Commander Capt. Paul Blanton said posts compete to see which one gathers the most food.

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