Cram the Cruiser Food Drive helps local students, families

Backpacks go home on weekends to help feed struggling residents

Posted 11/7/17

Parker's annual Cram the Cruiser Food Drive for the Parker Task Force food bank kicked off at the beginning of November. Community members, civic groups and businesses are encouraged to donate individual-sized food items at the police department, …

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Cram the Cruiser Food Drive helps local students, families

Backpacks go home on weekends to help feed struggling residents

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Parker's annual Cram the Cruiser Food Drive for the Parker Task Force food bank kicked off at the beginning of November. Community members, civic groups and businesses are encouraged to donate individual-sized food items at the police department, town hall, PACE Center and the Fieldhouse before Nov. 22.

The Parker Police Department sponsors the event each year, and officers deliver items to the food bank.

Food collected will be used to fill backpacks that will be sent home with students in the Parker area to ensure that students and their siblings have food to eat for the weekend.

”We know that if we have a student who is hungry, there are probably siblings at home who are hungry as well,” said Steve Budnack, volunteer chairman with the Parker Task Force.

Parker Task Force delivers about 120 backpacks to local schools each Friday, with enough food and snacks to get students who receive them through the weekend. According to Spudnick, the backpack program is in its fifth year, and the Cram the Cruiser drive is vital in keeping the program going.

”There are more than 200 kids classified as homeless in Parker,” Spudnick said. ”They may not be living on the streets, but they are often food insecure. These backpacks make sure they have food to eat through the weekend.”

Parker police department will host a collection day Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon at the police station.They will also have a booth at the mayor's tree lighting ceremony Nov. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.mat O'Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive in Parker.

Items needed are individual serving sizes of ramen noodles, crackers, microwave meals,juice boxes, instant oatmeal and granola bars.

For more information or drop-off locations contact Bri Rock with the Parker police department at BRock@parkeronline.org.

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