The Kentucky State Police posts in Ashland and Morehead together collected more than 18,000 pounds of food to assist needy families in the region.
That total was part of the more than 62 tons raised statewide through the KSP’s “Cram the Cruiser” food drive.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Wednesday that the initiative netted a total of 124,064 pounds of food throughout the commonwealth.
Brewer initiated the program in 2010 to assist needy families in local KSP post and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement region areas. Since that time, the agency has contributed more than 300,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches
“The Kentucky State Police continue to maintain the traditions of service that our agency was founded on over 65 years ago,” said Brewer. “Helping those in need is a fundamental part of our mission throughout rural Kentucky.”
Brewer says the campaign has developed into a friendly competition among KSP posts and CVE regions to see which location can collect the most food. The Harlan Post is the reigning champion with a total of 29,944 pounds of food collected this year.
The Morehead post came in second, generating donations total 15,393 pounds during the campaign period, which ran from Nov. 22 to Dec. 13. That was more than double last year’s total of 5,950 pounds.
The Morehead post covers the counties of Bath, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Morgan, Montgomery, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe.
The Ashland KSP post, which covers Boyd, Greenup, Carter and Lawrence counties, raised 3,382 pound in food donations, compared with 2,400 pounds last year, the KSP said.
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