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Meghan Overdeep

This holiday season, the Kentucky State Police are giving back in a huge way. This year, their annual "Cram the Cruiser" food drive collected a staggering 170 tons of food for families in need.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders told the Associated Press that the campaign exceeded last year’s total by 46 tons. That’s a whole lot of food!

Sanders credits the incredible "spirit of giving" demonstrated by individuals, businesses, schools, social clubs, scout troops, civil groups and others in Cram the Cruiser’s seventh year with allowing them to help countless families.

“This spirit of giving is a genuine public service that will make a real difference to many families facing difficult times,” Sanders told WTVQ.

Kentucky State Police have donated more than one million pounds of food shelters, food banks and churches statewide since the program started in 2010. The campaign has also evolved into a bit of friendly competition between local regions. This year, KSP Post 7 in Richmond took top honors, with 80,872 pounds of food collected.

“Helping those in need is a fundamental part of our mission and we are grateful to be able to coordinate this effort and the benefits it provides to the communities which support our troopers and officers throughout the year,” Sanders added.

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