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Kentucky State Police food drive collects more than 236 tons

December 23, 2019 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police collected more than 236 tons (214 metric tons) of food for Kentucky families with the 10th annual “Cram the Cruiser” food drive.

“Helping those in need is the core of what being a member of the KSP family really is — service to others,” Sgt. Josh Lawson, spokesman for the state police, said in a news release.

Post 16 in Owensboro collected the most this year with a total of 60,925 pounds (27.6 metric tons) of food. Post commander Capt. Brenton Ford credited Master Trooper Corey King for organizing the drive there and also recognized the support of local people and businesses, a state police news release said.

State police initiated the program in 2010 to help families in need in local post and region areas. Since then, the agency has contributed nearly 2 million pounds (907 metric tons) of food to shelters, food banks and churches around the state.