Austin RobKENTUCKY (12/19/19) — The 10th Annual Kentucky State Police “Cram the Cruiser” food drive is in the books and raised more than 236 tons of food to help Kentucky families, KSP reported.

“Due to the generous giving spirit of individuals, businesses, schools and civic organizations throughout the state, we are able to assist Kentucky families who may be financially strapped this holiday season,” said KSP Spokesman Sgt. Josh Lawson. “I am heartened by the incredible acts of charitable service and generosity by our fellow citizens who make the success of this project possible.”

KSP initiated the Cram the Cruiser program in 2010 to assist families in its local post and region areas. Since then, the agency has contributed nearly 2 million pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches throughout the commonwealth.

“Helping those in need is the core of what being a member of the KSP family really is — service to others,” Lawson added.

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

corey kingCaptain Brenton Ford, commander of the post, gave credit to Master Trooper Corey King for organizing the food drive and partnering with the community.

“It would be difficult to find a better representative of the Kentucky State Police than Trooper King,” said Ford. “His positive attitude, courtesy toward others, and commitment to the community is genuine. Trooper King is a good person and he attracts good people who go the extra mile to help others.”

Ford also recognized the support of local community members and businesses.

“It is motivating to see the community donate to Cram the Cruiser each year. Local businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals gave an unprecedented amount of food and canned goods this year,” Ford stated. “The best thing about this campaign is that the donated goods are distributed locally to help those in need that we see every day.”

Cram the Cruiser has grown exponentially over the past few years due to corporate partners joining forces with KSP to expand outreach. Kroger and G&J Pepsi have the adopted ‘Cram the Cruiser’ program.

“G&J Pepsi is a family owned business and the owners live in and are a part our communities,” said Josh Campbell, G&J Pepsi Market Sales Manager. “I grew up in an impoverished area in Eastern Kentucky and have seen the need for assistance. Being a part of this program allows me to help improve the quality of life in some small way for the families we serve.”

Picture above is KSP Trooper Rob Austin, Post 2 Spokesman, recently collecting donations at Market Place in Madisonville. The trooper also collected items at Kroger in Powderly.

Austin noted he and other troopers don't wish for anyone to go hungry, with Christmastime being the season of always giving to those in need.

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