To find out how you can assist, please contact the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2018) – The Kentucky State Police partnered with seven Frankfort area schools to cram cruisers full of food for families in need this holiday season. The friendly competition among schools gathered 6,239.5 pounds of food that was delivered to the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County on Monday.
Cram the Cruiser is a statewide agency initiative where KSP partners with local food pantries and other organizations to collect food for families in need.
KSP Spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson said the school competition is part of their outreach approach during the annual three-week food drive campaign. “Working with the schools is a great opportunity for us to witness the excitement these young people have when it comes to helping others in their communities,” says Lawson. “It gives them a sense of pride for their role in this project.”
Lawson says the program was initiated in 2010 and since that time, the agency has collected over 1.5 million pounds of food for Kentuckians. The totals for the 2018 campaign are not yet complete but the agency expects an increase over last years’ food collection totals.
Seven local schools participated in the campaign, with Collins Lane Elementary gathering the most food totaling 3,178.5 pounds collected. Collins Lane School Teacher Brooke Fell said it was heartwarming to see the excitement in the students knowing they were giving to families in need.
“The generosity of our families coupled with the competitive spirit of our students and staff make this drive very successful every year,” says Fell. “This is a student-led project in which the entire school gets behind.”
Other participating schools were: The Frankfort Christian Academy (1,550.5 lbs.); Hearn Elementary (607.5 lbs.); WHHS (455.50 lbs.); Peaks Mill Elementary (285.50); Early Learning Village (145 lbs.); and FCHS (67 lbs.).
The Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County receives the KSP Cram the Cruiser food donations and handles distribution to area families.
“We are so grateful to the students and parents of our local schools for helping to “cram the pantry,” says Regina Swingford, coordinator for the food pantry. “This was the largest food drive of the year and the students collected enough food to provide meals for hungry families for at least a month.”
A study released by The Kentucky Association of Food Banks in 2016 revealed that 17 percent of the population in Kentucky is food insecure. This equates to 743,310 people, including 222,380 children.
To find out how you can assist, please contact the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County at http://frankfortfoodpantry.org/
Photos of the students from participating schools are located at this link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmxgVJYq